To: Central Catholic High School

Dreadlocks is a cultural and religious hairstyle!

Dreadlocks is a cultural and religious hairstyle!

A change in the dress code policy is needed. Dreadlocks is listed as a fad hairstyle in the Student Handbook. It's not a fad hairstyle. It's a cultural hairstyle and/or religious hairstyle that has been around for thousands of years.

Why is this important?

My cousin attends Centrsl Catholic High School. He received a detention because he has dreadlocks. Before his mother admitted him to the school she asked if his hair was acceptable and they said it is. She paid for the whole school year and they took her money. A couple of weeks ago he was told his dreadlocks had to be cut off because it's a fad hairstyle. After she disagreed with them, they told her that he had to cut his dreadlocks to the collar of his shirt. He has had dreadlocks since he was a toddler. Now the teachers at the school are shunning him because his mother is fighting for his rights. This is religious, cultural, and gender discrimination.

This is important because dreadlocks is not a fad hairstyle it is part of our culture. Many black people are under attack today in 2017 because they are wearing their natural hair. This should not be so. There are black people being denied jobs and admissions to schools because they are wearing their natural hair. Men and boys are being told that they have to cut their hair to a certain length . We all know that dreadlocks grow long. This needs to stop. We had to learn to love ourselves as black people and embrace Who We Are. We can't allow them to do this to us and our children. We have to stand up for our rights.

Toledo, Ohio, United States

Updates

2017-09-08 05:57:32 -0700

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