Yet another story out of Florida that we question.
Vanessa VanDyke said she was given one week to decide to whether cut her hair or leave Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, a school she’s been going to since the third grade. But for now, she and her mother do not plan to change her hair because it is part of the 12-year-old’s identity. But her natural hair style comes with a cost.
“It says that I’m unique,” said VanDyke. “First of all, it’s puffy and I like it that way. I know people will tease me about it because it’s not straight. I don’t fit in.” VanDyke said that first the teasing from other students, but now, school leaders seem to be singling her out for her appearance.
Faith Christian Academy has a dress code and rules against how students can wear their hair. The student handbook reads: “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” and goes on to state examples that include, but are not limited to, mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails.
How fair is it for this girl to be teased about her hair because it isn’t straight? Possibly we could question that straight hair is the only way a persons hair should be even if it does not naturally grow that way? This story is a good insight to see what we are teaching our youth of America today. Including those of the African American heritage. Do you believe she should cut her hair or because she is a minority that she should fit within the standards of this Christian school?
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