Okay, not my fight, but an interesting one. I had no idea that public schools still enforced gender specific hair standards. It seems unreal to me, like a relic from the 1960s.
But there is also the issue of respecting Native American culture. It seems (I am not well versed on the subject) that the school district is trampling on an aspect of cultural expression.
The Needville Independent School District has informed me that my son will not be allowed to attend Kindergarten in the fall because he has long hair. He is Native American.
Sound like a good story? You bet it is.
First a little background information for you interested readers. My husband and I have been together for about 10 years and married for almost 6. We have a 5 year old son together and will be soon moving to Needville, Texas to start a small family farm on property that my parents own out there. We’re excited about our soon to be (hopefully quiet) rural life away from the city. For those of you that don’t know, Needville is a small town to the South of Houston.
We’re planning on growing our own crops and raising goats and chickens for meat and milk. Maybe a cow or two also. We own four horses and board six others on our property and we will move there permanently in the next two months or so.
So, here is the beginning of my fight with Needville ISD. Since we are moving there soon, I decided to contact the principal of the elementary school about what I needed to do to enroll my son. I also figured it was a good time to let her know that my son has long hair since most public schools have dress codes prohibiting that. On May 27 I wrote the following email to the Needville Elementary school principal:…
(an email exchange follows)