Texas mother fighting with her son's school over his long hair


A 4-year-old boy was excited, too, but then the school sent him home and said he couldn't attend because his hair is too long. Jessica Oates, 25, of Baytown, and her son Jabez were told Friday afternoon by administrators at Barber's Hill kindergarten center that he could not return to school unless his long locks were chopped.

During the time of enrollment of her son, Oates was made completely aware of the Barbers Hill School's rules and regulations which include male students' hair be above the ear, eyes and neck. She was asked to don't come to the school until she cut her son's hair before she wrote one such explanation letter.

Oates, who is part Cocopah Indian and considers long hair a symbol of strength, added that she will "never stop fighting for my child to be educated here".

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Oates said she wants to fight it.

'Barbers Hill Texas School Districts discriminatory hair policy is an attempt to force everyone into mediocre stereotypes. But she was told she'd need a letter citing a religious or cultural exception.

"All I have is the public school system and right now, that is absolutely failing my child", Oates continued. "However, consequences for dress code violations will be enforced".

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She also took to Facebook to garner support. The boy hasn't had his hair cut since he was born.

The district sent ABC13 a statement which read, "Our local elected Board has established policy based on community expectations, and Barber's Hill administration will continue to implement the said policy". "He doesn't understand why he is not allowed in school over something so trivial". And parents of sons with long hair say their boys are often mocked in public for their hairstyle.

"This is gender discrimination and sexist", she told reporters of the policy.

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'I will not cut his hair, ' Oates said sternly.