Oklahoma School Changes Policy on Dreadlocks

Deborah Brown Community School came under fire last week for barring 7-year-old Tiana Parker from wearing dreads to school.

By Von Diaz Sep 10, 2013

A Tulsa, Oklahoma charter school has amended a 14-year-old policy barring students from wearing "distracting" or "faddish" hairstyles such as dreadlocks and mohawks. The decision came after news broke that 7-year-old Tiana Parker, a student at Deborah Brown Community School, had been repeatedly reprimanded for wearing dreadlocks to school. In a tearful interview, Tiana says she’s sad because the school "didn’t like her dreads."

Her father Terrance Parker, who is a barber and says he always takes pride in his daughter’s hairstyles, decided to enroll Tiana in a different school. But over the last week the story got nationwide attention, which forced the school to revisit their policies around appropriate hairstyles. Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC was among those who spoke out on Tiana’s behalf last week, with this delightful video letter:

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