Gender-based discriminatory school dress code!

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Gender-based discriminatory school dress code!

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Lori Strider started this petition to Bryson Independent School District

My son is a pre-k student in a small Texas school district. His first day of school was Monday, 8/16/21. We love our school. Our daughter has been going since pre-k and she is now in third grade. 

I was in the cafeteria with my son, making sure he was comfortable before I left. I noticed the superintendent and the principal looking our way but thought nothing of it. My son went to the bathroom and the principal came up to me and told me his hair is too long. He was explaining to me how the high school boys have until Monday to cut their hair and so does my son. I was really caught off guard. He’s 4 years old and he’s very attached to his hair. 

I started looking through the school handbook and noticed a lot of outdated policies. The biggest one to me is the different hair policy for boys. Many other districts around us only mention hair not being in front of eyes(for both boy and girl students). Our school has a specific hair code for boys. This is a discriminatory policy. The school board needs to make a change to their policy, which doesn’t seem to have been updated in years. There are many reasons for someone to have long hair, and I don’t think the school should be able to tell someone to cut their hair. Some children have sensory issues, cultural or religious reasons, or even just love their hair and it shouldn’t have to be something for them to worry about.  His “long” hair isn’t going to stop him from learning any differently. 

I think this needs to be changed. I have to stand up for my son and be his voice in this crazy world. With everything going on, I don’t think a little boys hair should even be an issue. I don’t want any child to have to cut their hair because the school says so. Hair should be a personal decision, and until my son says he’s ready to cut it, we’re going to fight for him. 

“While school districts throughout the country have removed policies that were based on antiquated sex stereotypes, many school districts in Texas still have policies that treat students differently on the basis of their gender, such as requiring different hair and dress standards for male and female students,” said Brian Klosterboer, attorney for the ACLU of Texas. “Recent court decisions, including from the U.S. Supreme Court, have found that this type of gender-based discrimination is unconstitutional. School districts need to conform to federal law and fix outdated policies that cause serious harm to students in Texas.”      
https://www.aclutx.org/en/press-releases/aclu-texas-urges-school-districts-remove-discriminatory-dress-code-requirements?fbclid=IwAR0wJd2bHHxpX0TK9Dj5nDBky6_UHAoTtkMjRbramWnK5bVE28kU6TRH0ag

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