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Petition to Principals

Allow Fayette County Middle School Students to Express Themselves Through Their Hair

My name is Grace. I am a thirteen year old girl going into the eighth grade at a Fayette County area middle school, and the school's dress code is very strict. We are not allowed to dye our hair any unnatural colors. This may not seem like anything important to a majority of the population, but a large amount of my friends and I love to dye our hair. Two of them like their hair purple, some like theirs red, and I have tried to dye my hair blue. If there is a student with any unnatural hair color, they are sent to the front office, put in In School Suspension (ISS), then forced to wash the color out, dye their hair black, or CUT all of their dyed hair off. There have been many young women who had long, beautiful hair with about five inches of red or pink at the end. They were sent to the front office, and came back a few days later with hair to their shoulders. None of these students have gotten in trouble, they all have really good grades, and they just want to express them selves through their hair color. A bunch of my friends, including me, have their hair dyed for the summer, and they will have to either cut it, dye it, bleach it, or wash it out before school starts. We all would love to have our hair the way we want it, and even though it isn't a necessity, it would definitely make a learning experience way better. If we could express ourselves through hair color, we would stay out of trouble, we would be able to be who we really are, and it would not be a distraction to the other students in the classrooms. The only reason that we are not allowed to have our hair dyed an unnatural color is because it is a " distraction to others". If someone can get distracted by something as simple as the color of someone's hair, other than to say nice hair, they would most likely get distracted by the sounds of a pencil going across paper. And if they can get distracted that easily, they should not be in that class. I did a silent survey of those who had their hair dyed a natural color to cover up the colors that were unnatural, and there were about twelve boys and girls who have done that, just so that they would not get in trouble. As a very creative preteen, it would be very nice if I were able to dye my hair whatever color I wanted in order to make it so that I would be able to be who I really am, and that is a creative young woman. Most likely, the most you can do is to sign this petition and share it with those who know and those who might be struggling with the same problem. Thank you for taking your time to read this.

Grace P
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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Leslie Wong, Timothy P. White, Lou Monville, Anthony Rendin, jose medina

End SFSU cooperation with An-Najah. Universities should not support glorifying terrorism.

We, the undersigned, petition San Francisco State University (SFSU) President Leslie Wong to take immediate action to end SFSU’s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank. Described by Hamas as a “greenhouse for martyrs,” Najah is a Palestinian university where incitement to violence, anti-Semitism, and the glorification of terrorism against Israelis is routine: Matthew Levitt, director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, notes that Najah is known for “terrorist recruitment, indoctrination and radicalization of students.”  According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Najah’s student council “glorifies suicide bombings and propagandizes for jihad against Israel.”  At least two events were held on campus to honor “martyred” terrorists in 2016.  In 2015, Najah student Maram Hassoneh was killed attempting her second knife attack on IDF soldiers. Najah suspended its 2015 student elections indefinitely for fear of a Hamas victory. At Najah’s June 2014 graduation ceremony, students held up three fingers to represent Hamas’s kidnapping of three Israeli teens. In 2013, an entire Najah graduating class was named after Abu Jihad, the founder of Fatah and mastermind of countless terror attacks. The names of 19 “shaheeds” (deceased terrorists), all Najah students, appeared on the back cover of a 2004 “information kit.” Najah students constructed a gruesome replica of the 2001 Sbarro pizzeria Jerusalem suicide bombing. Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, director of SFSU’s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Initiative (AMED), is the architect of the MOU with Najah. Abdulhadi has a record as an anti-Israel activist and an apologist for Palestinian terrorism:  Abdulhadi is a founding member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. She consorted with individuals affiliated with State Department-designated terrorist organizations during a 2014 “Academic and Labor Delegation to Palestine” to meet with Najah representatives and was accused of improper use of university funds for the trip. Abdulhadi’s service as faculty advisor for SFSU’s General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS) included the display of stencils adorned with the disturbing motto, “My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers” and an FBI investigation into former GUPS president Mohammad G. Hammad for making violent online threats against Israelis and Jews. ·Her profile page features a graphic calling for a “Third Palestinian Intifada” (a threat that has metastasized into the current “stabbing intifada”) and a raised fist. Abdulhadi has pledged to set up a student exchange program with Najah, posing a significant security risk to SFSU students, faculty, and the wider community. We, the undersigned, call on President Wong to terminate this relationship with Najah now, and to ensure that no SFSU personnel enter into or support relationships with Najah or similar entities that support Hamas or other terrorist organizations in the future. Furthermore, we, the undersigned, strongly urge the California State University (CSU) system to investigate this infamous MOU and make public its terms. We also call on the California state legislature to conduct hearings into this matter. Tell them what you think!

Middle East Forum
3,189 supporters