School Tells 12-year-old Black Girl to Cut, Straighten Afro or Face Expulsion
Administrators at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando have told a 12-year-old girl her natural hair is a "distraction" and she must either cut and straighten it or they'll kick her out. In an interview with a local TV station (above), Vanessa VanDyke says classmates have been teasing her because of her hair since the beginning of the school year. She told her mother about the teasing, who in turn reported it to school administrators of the school. (Vanessa has been attending Faith Christian Academy since the third grade). Instead of disciplining the bullies or telling them to cut it out, the school told Vanessa she has one week to cut her hair or enroll somewhere else because her hair style is not in compliance with its dress code. Oh, Florida.