Should This Boy's Long Hair Keep Him Out of School?

Should This Boy's Long Hair Keep Him Out of School?


This is five-year-old Adriel Arocha. Cute kid, no? His parents are trying to enroll him in public kindergarten in Needville, TX. But he wears his hair long — a tradition among many Native American religions like the one he follows — and the school district says he won't be allowed to attend classes until he cuts his hair to conform with the dress code.

Adriel's dad says this is unconstitutional, but the school board feels otherwise. They unanimously voted to bar the boy from class unless he trims his hair, and right now things are at an impasse. What do you think should happen? Are schools justified in expecting students to wear certain hairstyles, or is this an example of discrimination?

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