BOYS LOCKS PREVENTS HIS GRADUATION CEREMONY
Written by Racquel Shelby on February 4, 2020
CAITLIN O’KANE JANUARY 24, 2020 / 8:30 AM / CBS NEWS
A Texas school district suspended a black student and told him he would not walk at graduation this spring unless he cuts his dreadlocks — and the controversy erupted at a public meeting on Martin Luther King Day. The Barbers Hill ISD school board in Mont Belvieu said this is not an issue of race, but many local activists say otherwise, CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV reports.
Activists stood by the student, Deandre Arnold, after news of his suspension got out. “This is a black and white issue,” Gary Monroe, with the United Urban Alumni Association, said. “Deandre should not have to — he should not have to go through this. His family should not have to go through this. But I expect it from a board that has zero diversity.”
Monroe said if the board doesn’t resolve the issue soon, the United Urban Alumni Association will take the case to the federal court. “The dress code is designed by white people for white people and is damaging to black bodies,” Black Lives Matter activist Ashton Woods told KHOU-TV.
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