School officials at the Berry Miller Junior High in Pearland, Texas, had been sued by the parents of a middle school student of a Houston-area school district, after allegedly using a black permanent Sharpie pen to color their son’s hair.
According to the filed lawsuit last Sunday, it states: “They laughed as they took many minutes to color 13-year-old J.T’s scalp which took many days of scrubbing to come off.”
The officials had claimed that the seventh grader boy’s unique fade haircut had been a violation of the Pearland Independent School District’s dress code policy.
The boy, Juelz Trice, had gotten his haircut last April 16 but then had been summoned to the Principal’s office by the assistant principal after having breakfast.
The lawsuit names the assistant principal Tony Barcelona (who is now the school’s Principal) as well as the discipline clerk Helen Day, Jeanette Peterson the teacher and the school district as defendant.
CNN has also reached out to the named individuals but had no response from them regarding the matter.
Trice, who was of African-American descent, had been given two options by the administrators - either to use a black permanent Sharpie pen to color his scalp, or to go in suspension. Because he was a member of the track team, he did not want to create a problem for his team and decided to go for the Sharpie option.
It had been Day who had taken the marker and have blackened his scalp, and with Peterson and the other defendants (who were all white according to the complaint) doing the same. The pen had made Trice’s hair design more obvious according to the lawsuit.
According to the Pearland ISD, the district has not yet received the lawsuit. The school district’s lawyer, says: “Upon receipt, it will be reviewed by our legal counsel.”
Until this day, Barcelona, Day and Peterson are still at the school, dismaying Juelz and his parents.