Second black Texas teen required by school to cut dreadlocks, according to his mom

  
By:  larry-hampton  •  one month ago  •  46 comments

Second black Texas teen required by school to cut dreadlocks, according to his mom
Bradford said in an interview Friday that like DeAndre, her son has worn dreadlocks for years and it only recently became an issue at the high school.

A second teenager at a Texas high school was suspended and told he could not return to class until he cut his dreadlocks to be in compliance with the school's dress code.

Kaden Bradford, 16, a sophomore at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu in Southeast Texas, has been on at-home suspension since last week, according to his mother, Cindy Bradford.


Kaden's cousin, DeAndre Arnold, is a senior at the school and also wears dreadlocks. DeAndre was recently told by administrators that he is not allowed in school and cannot   walk at his graduation unless he cut his hair , his mother, Sandy Arnold, told NBC affiliate KPRC of Houston. DeAndre,   whose father is from Trinidad , said the men in his family often grow their dreadlocks, and that it is a part of his identity and culture.

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Larry Hampton
1  author  Larry Hampton    one month ago

Both women, who are sisters, said they will not cut the boys' hair.

Bradford said in an interview Friday that like DeAndre, her son has worn dreadlocks for years and it only recently became an issue at the high school. Last year, Kaden would wear a headband to keep his dreadlocks off his shoulders, his mother said. The school told her that if Kaden kept his dreadlocks pulled back, he would not be in violation of its hair policy, she said.

But shortly after Christmas break, she said the school's principal, Rick Kana, told Kaden that he would need to cut his hair. Bradford said she paid last week to have Kaden's dreads cornrowed, or tightly-braided, so that they lay flat against his scalp. But that did not appease administrators, who placed him on at-home suspension because he refused to cut his hair, his mother said.

She said she is now considering taking legal action so he can return to school.

Bradford said she believes the hair policy is racist. The school district  dress code  states male students cannot have their hair “gathered or worn in a style that would allow the hair to extend below” the collar, earlobes and eyes when let down.

https://news.immitate.com/2020/01/24/second-teen-suspended-over-dreadlocks-at-texas-school-nbc-news/
Texas you are graduating some of the dumbest high school students in the nation, and this is what concerns you so, that you kick a kid outta school?  Threaten to not allow him to walk graduation with his friends? 
 
 
 
sandy-2021492
1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Larry Hampton @1    one month ago
states male students cannot have their hair “gathered or worn in a style that would allow the hair to extend below” the collar, earlobes and eyes when let down.

Seems discriminatory all around.  I wonder how Native American boys with long hair would be treated?

 
 
 
Split Personality
1.1.1  Split Personality  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.1    one month ago
 
 
 
sandy-2021492
1.1.2  sandy-2021492  replied to  Split Personality @1.1.1    one month ago

I guess I don't feel like that answers my question, but I would probably find it discriminatory even if it did.  A dress code that allows a hairstyle for girls that is disallowed for boys is discriminatory.  If girls can have long hair, boys should be allowed to, as well.

Some of it was a bit open to interpretation, too.  Low necklines?  According to whom?  Some schools disallow necklines that display a girl's collarbones, even though many crewneck t-shirts would do so.

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
1.1.3  author  Larry Hampton  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.1    one month ago

Seems discriminatory all around.  I wonder how Native American boys with long hair would be treated?

I’ll have to take look; I think Kavika posted an article about that very thing.

 
 
 
devangelical
1.1.4  devangelical  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.1.2    one month ago

way back in '67 or '68 when I was in jr. high, the PE teachers enforced our school hair length policy. it couldn't touch the ears or the collar or they would give you a haircut. a new kid with long hair from NY joins the class later in the year and gets the haircut warning in class. new kid shows up the next day without a haircut. 2 PE teachers give him a crude haircut in class. oops, new kids dad is a corporate attorney. a few weeks later, no more hair or dress codes in the entire school district.

bonus: 2 sadistic ex-PE teachers get drafted almost immediately.

 
 
 
Kavika
1.1.5  Kavika   replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.1    one month ago

There have been numerous cases Sandy. One in Texas a few years ago in Seminole, Texas (oh the irony) a Native boy wasn't allowed into his first day of school until his hair was cut. 

That isn't the first nor will it be the last in Texas and many other states. 

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
1.1.6  sandy-2021492  replied to  Kavika @1.1.5    one month ago
Seminole, Texas (oh the irony)

Wow.

 
 
 
Split Personality
1.1.7  Split Personality  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.1.2    one month ago

One would note that the two black women "manning" the tables at some school function in the gym

are adults with decidedly God given hair doos,

one Afro

and one "stovepipe"?

but a black minor male with relatively short locks has been singled out in a school

where blacks are, like 3% of the Admin and student body...

not cool.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1.8  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.1    one month ago

It's not the first time that kind of thing was being done:

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Kavika
1.1.9  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.8    one month ago

The first thing done to Native children when they were forced into ''Indian Boarding Schools'' was to cut off our hair. It was the first step in taking away our Indian identity. 

''Kill the Indian save the Child'' was the motto of the US Government. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1.10  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @1.1.9    one month ago

Yes, and that did predate what the Nazis did to Orthodox Jews.

 
 
 
Kavika
1.1.11  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.10    one month ago

It predated what happened to the Orthodox Jews and continued into the 1960/70's.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
2  Paula Bartholomew    one month ago

I was stationed in Texas.  This bs does not surprise me at all.

 
 
 
WallyW
2.1  WallyW  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2    one month ago

One of the first things the Air Force did to us when we arrived at Lackland AFB, was to give us 'the' haircut.

Dress codes are still very much in vogue. A little conformity never hurt anyone, if they a positive feeling of self worth. Don't have a bit of sympathy for this self entitled little turd blossom

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
2.1.1  author  Larry Hampton  replied to  WallyW @2.1    one month ago

You do realize that this is a high school, not a military base, right?

 
 
 
CB
2.1.2  CB   replied to  WallyW @2.1    one month ago

You know I was enjoying reading down the comments. And then, I came to this sad illustration of a bigoted remark. The article was speaking for itself, so I am pleased to leave it alone to flow. . . .

Then, you had to open up and denigrate this boy, even though you knew it would be taken the wrong way by some of us. That was okay by you. That was low, really low, Wallyw in my opinion.

 
 
 
JBB
2.1.3  JBB  replied to  WallyW @2.1    one month ago

As nobody else was forced to cut their hair to graduate I've gotta call bullshit on that remark...

 
 
 
CB
2.1.4  CB   replied to  JBB @2.1.3    one month ago

I posted @3.1.8 that this involves more than dreadlocks, I think. Check it out.

 
 
 
Split Personality
2.1.5  Split Personality  replied to  WallyW @2.1    one month ago
“Girls can cut their hair as short as a guy can and have it as long as they want too,” said student Brandon Hernandez. “So I think it should be the same for guys. I think we should be able to grow our hair out as long as we want to and have it as short as we want to.”

Many students said the district didn’t start cracking down on the dress code until after the Christmas break -- for one main reason.

“Once we first got on the news with DeAndre (Arnold) then it just started becoming a problem,” Hernandez said.

Many white football players were also ordered to trim their hair.

This is nothing more than "Crossing Guard Syndrome on steroids".

 
 
 
Split Personality
2.1.6  Split Personality  replied to  Split Personality @2.1.5    one month ago

In the late 60's I was tackled by my hair in an official HS City League game.

I saw stars, my neck and shoulders ached for 20 minutes, my scalp bled from the follicles.

I returned to the game for one play in the third or fourth quarter but could not ( they tell me ) continue.

I remember hearing the coaches and referees going at each other over the penalty and whether or not long hair was part of the uniform.

The next week, hanging in every locker was a thick blue rubber band.

No one asked why.  If you had long hair, you made some sort of man bun.

If you had a crew cut ( which many did ) you wore it looped once or twice around your wrist.

To this day I marvel at the dreadlocks of today's NFL superstars and wonder if there's some unwritten code

not to tackle each other by the hair.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/10/19/riveron-nfl-will-again-consider-making-hair-pulls-illegal/

 
 
 
MrFrost
3  MrFrost    one month ago

Schools still have dress codes? Wow. 

I have a feeling this has very little to do with his hair and a lot to do with his ethnicity. IMO. 

 
 
 
Split Personality
3.1  Split Personality  replied to  MrFrost @3    one month ago

again the dress code issue seems to be a stretch, looks like a typical high school

https://www.bhisd.net/high-school-home

 
 
 
Split Personality
3.1.1  Split Personality  replied to  Split Personality @3.1    one month ago

ironic the the school is named "Barber" Hills

and they are fighting about hair cuts

 
 
 
MrFrost
3.1.2  MrFrost  replied to  Split Personality @3.1    one month ago
again the dress code issue seems to be a stretch, looks like a typical high school

Well, it's just my opinion is all. I would love to believe that I am wrong. I took a quick glance at the handbook and dress code, unless I missed it, I didn't see anything forbidding dreadlocks. 

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
3.1.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  MrFrost @3.1.2    one month ago
I didn't see anything forbidding dreadlocks. 

I don't think it was dreads per se, but more the length of the dreads.  I've seen some dreads that were pretty short, and I assume they would be in compliance.

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
3.1.4  author  Larry Hampton  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3.1.3    one month ago

It is strange that his dreads were ok for so long, and then suddenly it became an issue. 

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
3.1.5  sandy-2021492  replied to  Larry Hampton @3.1.4    one month ago

Agreed.

 
 
 
devangelical
3.1.6  devangelical  replied to  Split Personality @3.1    one month ago
looks like a typical high school

yup, all the cheerleaders looked knocked up /s

 
 
 
XDm9mm
3.1.7  XDm9mm  replied to  Larry Hampton @3.1.4    one month ago
It is strange that his dreads were ok for so long, and then suddenly it became an issue

I do agree with you in that it is strange indeed.  Hell, there were kids with dreadlocks in my HS back in the mid-late 60's.  But then that was also in NYC.  Of course, the way things are going today, it might be that someone simply claimed they were offensive or threatening to them and that's essentially all that's needed to stop something or someone.  Maybe crew cuts or bright red hair will be next.

 
 
 
CB
3.1.8  CB   replied to  Split Personality @3.1.1    one month ago

Ironic indeed. This is an opportunity to post this video: (I'll snap it up!)

Barber speaks on teen unable to graduate unless he cuts dreadlocks

And this (the issue is not just about dreadlocks):

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NOTE: Please click on picture to got to story and video.

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
3.1.9  author  Larry Hampton  replied to  CB @3.1.8    one month ago

Great sourcing CB; well done and, thank you sir. 

 
 
 
CB
3.1.10  CB   replied to  Larry Hampton @3.1.9    one month ago

You're welcome and thanks!

 
 
 
Split Personality
3.1.11  Split Personality  replied to  Larry Hampton @3.1.9    one month ago

Ditto CB!

 
 
 
CB
3.1.12  CB   replied to  Split Personality @3.1.11    one month ago

Aw shucks. jrSmiley_16_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
MrFrost
4  MrFrost    one month ago

I can only imagine what they would say about my avatars hair. 

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
4.1  author  Larry Hampton  replied to  MrFrost @4    one month ago

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Dean Moriarty
5  Dean Moriarty    one month ago

I hope he gets to keep them. I love the dreaded look.

384  

 
 
 
CB
5.1  CB   replied to  Dean Moriarty @5    one month ago

Okay, you got me with this one. As impossible as it is to believe, I can see that happening. HA!

 
 
 
JBB
6  JBB    one month ago

It is just hair. Texass really needs to get over itself!

 
 
 
Kathleen
7  Kathleen    one month ago

My husband had hair down to his waist in high school, they gave him a hard time, but he never cut it. 

 
 
 
Split Personality
7.1  Split Personality  replied to  Kathleen @7    one month ago

Not quite that long but I never cut it till much later.

Now when I purchase shit at Home Depot or Lowes they just look at me and ask if I have my military ID....

and I'm almost 70, lol...

 
 
 
Kathleen
7.1.1  Kathleen  replied to  Split Personality @7.1    one month ago

Oh, so you had long hair too.. lol

He was in a band, and the other guys also had long hair. He told me he kept it clean. He cut his too when he was in his late twenties. I am not against long hair on guys as long as they wash it.. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
8  Tacos!    one month ago

The people there may well be racist, but I doubt very much that policy was aimed specifically at black students. It’s not as if long hair is unique to black people. I’m white and I used to have hair half way down my back. It sounds more like a socially conservative concept of neatness and modesty.

It would be nice though, if they could just rethink the policy. It’s hard to see the harm in letting a young man wear his hair long.

If anything, I think you could argue the policy is sexist if girls are allowed to wear their hair long.

 
 
 
CB
8.1  CB   replied to  Tacos! @8    one month ago

Yes, seems conservative 'clean cut" orderly young "academy" boys and men are what this school is after. If they are going to be controversial about it, may be they should explore being a private school? I don't know.

 
 
 
Split Personality
8.2  Split Personality  replied to  Tacos! @8    one month ago

Other white and Hispanic students, especially the football team were also targeted for collar length hair and  had to get two trims to meet compliance  ( which will grow out in a week)

Several complained that girls could wear their hair as long, or as short as they like, as in high and tight........

It should not be an issue.

 
 
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