Here’s an experience that nobody should have, regardless of age. KOB 4 reports that a little boy was sent home from his first day of kindergarten because his hair was too long.
His mother, April Wilson, told reporters:
“Malachi was excited to start school all summer long. After we had enrolled him he was excited, everyday it was the question, ‘mom, are we going to school?’”
He walked into the doors of F.J. Young Elementary school only to be told that he wasn’t allowed to attend because “his hair was too long.” The district claims they were only following procedure, pointing to a page in the school’s dress code that says “certain recognized religious or spiritual beliefs may qualify for an exception from provisions of the dress code.”
Malachi’s parents had to prove he’s a ‘real’ Navajo.
Malachi, who is part of the Navajo Nation, was allowed back after his parents were able to present proof that he was “a real Navajo.” His parents contend that it’s against their religion to cut hair, since hair is sacred to them, and according to April, his mother, “it makes us part of who we are.”
I usually support dress codes and uniform codes in school — when they’re fair. Do they force little girls to cut their hair short, too? Because otherwise, you’ve got a glaring double standard.
And that’s the problem with so many of these dress and uniform codes; they enshrine that sexist double standard, painting an image for “boys” and image for “girls” with no middle ground.
If boys can’t have long hair, than girls shouldn’t, either. If girls have to wear skirts, so should boys.
I also hope that Malachi can enjoy his time in kindergarten and isn’t put off by this experience. That’s a harsh reality to slam headfirst into after spending all summer excited.
You can watch the KOB 4 report below:
h/t Crooks and Liars