MONT BELVIEU, Texas (KTRK/CNN) – A Texas mother is upset after her 4-year-old son was sent home from school because of his long hair.
“He’s never had a haircut. It’s just kind of a part of his identity,” said Jessica Oates, the child’s mother.
Oates said she learned of the school’s hair policy at registration and was told she would need to provide a letter citing a religious or cultural exception for her son to wear his long locks.
Before she wrote one, she said school officials told her not to come back until her son’s hair met dress code guidelines.
The school’s policy clearly states that boys must have a haircut above the eyes, ears and neck. Oates tried a bun, but that still didn’t meet the requirements.
When asked why she refuses to cut the boy’s hair, Oates replied: “That’s who he is. I don’t believe in it. I will not cut his hair.”
She added, “I don’t believe that short hair should be required to get an education.”
The Barbers Hill School District said, in a statement, that it will continue enforcing the policy.
“Our local elected board has an established policy based on community expectations, and Barber Hills administration will continue to implement the said policy," the statement said.
However, Oates said she wants to fight it.
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