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Tue Aug 20, 2019, 08:18 AM

U.S. news Texas school staffers colored in black teen's haircut with a sharpie, lawsuit claims

The boy, identified in the suit as J.T., was told he'd face in-school suspension for his hairstyle unless it was colored in with jet-black marker.



Staffers at a Texas junior high school colored in a black teen's fade haircut with a jet-black Sharpie to discipline him for violating the school dress code, according to a lawsuit filed by his parents.

Dante Trice and Angela Washington filed their complaint Sunday against Pearland Independent School District, Berry Miller Junior High School Principal Tony Barcelona, discipline clerk Helen Day and teacher Jeanette Peterson. All three school officials are white, according to the suit.

The suit said their son, identified as 13-year-old J.T., was in seventh grade when, on April 16, he got a "fade haircut with a design line." Pictures show the fade lines resembled an M.

"The haircut did not depict anything violent, gang-related, obscene or otherwise offensive or inappropriate in any manner. J.T. did not believe the haircut violated any school policy," the lawsuit said.

But the next morning, then-Assistant Principal Barcelona approached J.T. and told him to go to the discipline office because he was "out of dress code."

Day gave J.T. the choice of in-school suspension, which would make him miss classes and could affect his position on the track team, or have the line design on his scalp colored in.

J.T. had never been in trouble before and he didn't want to "have a first time suspension on his school record and be kicked out of track," the lawsuit said.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/texas-school-staffers-colored-black-teen-s-haircut-sharpie-lawsuit-n1043956?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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Reply U.S. news Texas school staffers colored in black teen's haircut with a sharpie, lawsuit claims (Original post)
demmiblue Aug 20 OP
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 20 #1
Demonaut Aug 20 #2
quickesst Aug 20 #3
RobinA Aug 20 #4
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 20 #5

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Aug 20, 2019, 08:22 AM

1. Fuck this school district and its (now changed) racist-ass policy. Heartbreaking that no one stood

up for the kid in the moment.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Aug 20, 2019, 08:23 AM

2. the outrage....

jesus

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Aug 20, 2019, 08:30 AM

3. every single person involved....

... should be fired on the spot, and never be allowed to work in the school system again. Sick of this bullshit!!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Aug 20, 2019, 08:31 AM

4. To Me

this isn't even about race. It's about school bullying. No way should any school be Sharpieing some kid's head. I realize schools have issues they have to deal with, but they have to come up with more constructive fixes than this if it absolutely positively has to be fixed. If it's really against the dress code, send him home and tell him to come back the next day with it fixed, however that might be. Then at least the lawsuit would be about the dress code and not about coloring the kids scalp with a magic marker, which is pretty indefensible.

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Response to RobinA (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 20, 2019, 08:44 AM

5. It's about race.

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