Reportedly, two black teens, Maya and Deana Cook, from a Massachusetts charter school are being punished because of their braids!?
The twins were given detentions and told that they would be removed from their sports team if they did not return from spring break with "professional" hair. Their parents feel that the school's rules are unfairly targeting black students, who suprising make up 50% of the student body.
According to The Shade Room,
“Students may not wear drastic or unnatural hair colors or styles such as shaved lines or shaved sides or have a hairstyle that could be distracting to other students (extra-long hair or hair more than 2 inch in thickness or height is not allowed.) This means no coloring, dying, lightening (sun-in) or streaking of any sort.”
The twins father also revealed to NY Daily News, that the school also bans hair extensions!
“When we read that part of the policy, we felt it unjustly impacted our daughters and unjustly impacted the population of colored people going to that school,” he said. “You don’t often see Caucasian females wearing extensions.”
The twins have attended this private school for the past 11 years and their parents said they’ve worn a lot of hairstyles.
Apparently the school didn’t have an issue with their “chemically” straightened hair, even though it’s technically not natural.
“It was not flagged as a violation of the policy because it looked more caucasian,” Cook said.