Tiana Parker, 7, was recently sent home by Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma because school officials did not like her hairstyle.
“She’s always presentable. I take pride in my kids looking nice," Tiana's dad, Terrance Parker, told Fox 23 (video below).
Terrance works as a barber and grooms his daughter's hair.
School officials wouldn't appear on camera to defend their decision, but the school policy states that “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable" because the “school feels that could distract from the respectful and serious atmosphere it strives for.”
“She went to the school last year and didn’t have any problems. It hurt my feelings to the core,” added Terrance.
Tiana cried as she told Fox 23: “They didn’t like my dreads. I think that they should let me have my dreads.”
Tiana, who is a straight A student, is going to a new school, which accepts her hairstyle.
Source: Fox 23