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Black Texas Student & Family Continues To Fight Hair Suspension

The 18-year-old has been repeatedly disciplined regarding his locs. School drops full-page ad defending their decision.

Quintessa L. Williams
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3 min readJan 23, 2024

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Left to Right: Candice Matthews, Darryl George, center left, a 17-year-old junior, and his mother Darresha George, begin their walk across the street to go into Barbers Hill High School.

Darryl George, an 18-year-old Black student at Barbers Hill High School, has faced disciplinary action all school year because he wears dreadlocks and has refused to cut them.

The teen’s family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit saying the punishment violates the CROWN Act, an acronym for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” which became law in Texas in September.

The law is intended to prohibit race-based hair discrimination. However, the school said the law does not address hair length, which is the reason for George’s suspension.

District superintendent Greg Poole published a full-page ad that appeared in the Houston Chronicle on January 14th. Poole defended the school’s decision, citing the suspension was over his hair length, not hairstyle.

“Being an American requires conformity with the positive benefit of unity,” he stated, referencing strict codes at the military academies.

However, photos of George show him wearing his hair up in a way that does not reach below his ears.

Darryl George has been pulled from school because administrators at his school say his hairstyle violates the school’s dress code.KHOU-TV/Screenshot

The Houston-area school district continues to claim the suspension does not violate the CROWN Act.

State Rep. Ron Reynolds, a Houston-area Democrat who co-wrote the CROWN Act and serves as the chair of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, said the school district is “trying to claim its hair-length” policy for boys is a “loophole in the new law,” which protects students and employees at state-funded institutions from discrimination based on hairstyles such as Afros, Bantu…

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Quintessa L. Williams
Momentum

Afra-American Journalist 📝📚| #WEOC | Blacktivist | EIC of TDQ | Editor for Cultured & AfroSapiophile. Bylines in The Root, MadameNoire, ZORA, & Momentum.