A Florida mother is outraged after her 13-year-old son was reportedly kicked out class twice because of his haircut.
Jovany Rivera attends Varsity Lakes Middle School in Lehigh Acres, Florida. His mother, Yasmin Rivera, said he gets good grades and stays out of trouble.
But recently, Jovany got in trouble -- for a haircut, WINK News reported. He was allegedly kicked out class because of his new haircut violated the dress code.
“I felt embarrassed, like everyone was looking at me,” Jovany told WINK News.
The school dress code prohibits “lines/designs in eyebrows or hair" as well as "[h]air coloring, style, and accessories that may cause a disruption to the educational environment are prohibited." Yasmin, however, said the line on Jovany’s hair is simply a “part.”
“It’s not a design, I don’t believe it’s a distraction to anybody in the classroom," she said.
“I have friends that are hairdressers and they’ve all told me that it’s a gentlemen’s hair cut, and actually more kids should go to school looking a little bit more clean cut like him," Yasmin added.
Yasmin said she received a phone call from the school the day of the incident. She was informed that the issue had been fixed.
“She covered it up is what she said,” Yasmin said. “She covered up his line and that she sent him back to class and I said, ‘You covered up his line?’ She goes, ‘Yes, we do that sometimes for students so they can go back to class. Sometimes we spray something in their hair.'”
But Jovany said they did not use a spray.
“It looked like a crayon that you use on your face,” Jovany said. “Like when you want to draw cat whiskers. I felt dirty, I just didn’t feel like it was right.
“After I had it in my hair I felt embarrassed like everyone was looking at me, and they were like what happened to your hair? Who put that in there?”
The following day, Jovany was kicked out of class again for the same reason.
“I was not happy with the teacher touching my son, putting product in his hair without my permission,” Yasmin said.
“Missing class, pulling him out, humiliating him, sending him back to class, and then calling me the next day for the same thing," she added. “Every minute that we pull him out of class for a hairstyle issue is hurting him. I feel that there’s bigger issues that need to be addressed and this hairstyle is not one.”
The Lee County School District said they stand by their dress code policy. On Feb. 12, they told the news station that the dress code could change next year to accommodate hairstyles like Jovany’s if parents and teachers vote on it.