The school district in Darryl George’s home, Texas, has once again punished the Black high school student for breaking the dress code with his hairdo. The 18-year-old’s 13-day punishment was due to his noncompliance with the rules regarding braided hair. After spending a month in an off-site disciplinary program after an August suspension, George returned to school for the first time today.
After he was told he couldn’t go to graduation or even return to school in 2023 until he chopped off his locs, the Barbers Hill Independent School District’s dress code regulation made news. The policy is lawful, according to Greg Poole, the district administrator since 2006, because it educates pupils to comply for the good of everyone.
In addition to a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state’s governor, attorney general, and the Barbers Hill Independent School District (BHISD), George’s family has taken legal action by formally registering a complaint with the Texas Education Agency. They claim nobody did enough to ensure that businesses and schools didn’t discriminate based on students’ or employees’ haircuts, violating the CROWN Act, a new state legislation. As a result, BHISD has taken legal action by suing the state district court, requesting an explanation from the judge over whether or not the school’s regulations regarding boys’ hairstyles infringe with the CROWN Act.
The statewide implementation of the Texas statute on September 1 was preceded by Darryl’s suspension from Barbers Hill High School. The validity of penalizing kids for their natural hair and the degree to which the established legislation protects persons are problems that his many suspensions continue to raise. Currently, the CROWN Act is legislation in 24 states plus the US Virgin Islands. The Lone Star State has joined the ranks of states passing similar legislation. Twenty other states and the District of Columbia have already introduced similar bills.