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Afro Puffs And Braids Banned By Ohio School

Afro Puffs And Braids Banned

Afro puffs and braids have been banned by an Ohio school. Specifically “small twisted braids” have been deemed unacceptable at The Horizon Science Academy in Lorain, Ohio.

The new dress code, which will begin this fall, was included as part of a packet mailed to parents of Horizon students. Most rules included in the dress code were expected. Students are not allowed to wear excessive makeup, torn clothing, or facial piercings. Those rules are not unusual, and are banned in most schools.

However, one particular item on the list has upset numerous parents. As reported by MSN, the new dress code specifically states that “afro-puffs and small twisted braids, with or without rubber bands are NOT permitted.” As afro puffs and “small twisted braids” were mentioned in particular, many parents feel the rule is racist.

Black Girl With Long Hair, explains why the afro puff and braid ban is particularly offensive to parents and students:

“The dress code restrictions highlight an age-old struggle that naturals face … Our hair is viewed as radical, funky or unruly in its natural state … restrictions are sometimes placed on us in academic and professional settings that do not extend to our non-black counterparts.”

As explained by Wikipedia, Ohio has several Horizon Science Academy locations, with the headquarters in Cleveland. They are charter schools that focus on college preparatory work.

Complaints from multiple parents have prompted school administrators to review the new dress code. In a release dated today, the Horizon Science Academy in Lorain explains that they did not intend to offend anyone with the new policy:

” … by no means did we have any intention of creating bias towards any of our students. We truly apologize … and want to thank everyone for their feedback.”

The statement continues, assuring parents and students that their concerns will be addressed.

Banning afro-puffs and braids may not have seemed offensive at the time. However, for many parents and students the ban was blatantly racist, and only meant for students of a particular race. Now that school administrators understand the rule’s implications they may be able to find a compromise.

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41 Responses to “Afro Puffs And Braids Banned By Ohio School”

  1. Stephanie Kirksey

    If they cant wear their hair how it grows out of their heads and they can not braid it; then, how are young black girls going to wear their hair? Use a straightening chemical? Why should we have to use a chemical to attend school? You tell me how that's going to work because most of us don't have wash and go hair.

  2. Science-Is Fiction

    a way to compromise? wtf is there to compromise on?

  3. Rasheedah Monet Thompson

    This is crazy, racist, and also ignorant, if they had a black child they would understand the hair texture, our hair can't lay down flat like white peoples unless we apply heat or chemicals.

  4. Treacher Collins

    Because what every mother has time to do every morning is press some hair. What the hell are these people on?

  5. Ebony S. Barton

    Once again, they continue to reject the unfamiliar and fear what they don't understand.

  6. Susan DeJarnatt

    I should look at my own links–that info was for the Dayton school–sorry. But it still shows that the policy is targeted, I think.

  7. Jane Rager

    THIS IS THE CRAZIEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD , WHAT IS WRONG WITH THOSE PEOPLE , THAT IS GOING TOO FAR, I THINK SOME ONE IS PREJUDICE AND JUST TRYING TO CAUSE TROUBLE

  8. Amber Russell

    Treacher Collins – Wonder if all students with curly hair have to straighten it? Unbelievable that they didn't find it problematic to specify "afro"puffs and needed it pointed out to them.

  9. Kathryn Kerbs

    I know, right? A "compromise?". how about "Ooops, we screwed up and let out discriminatory ways show a little too much!"

  10. Dwayne A Henry

    Because saying "No Blacks Allowed" would be too racist…

  11. Tasheema Simmons-Bland

    Wth!! This is racist! They are saying they don't want black kids their unless they have a perm. So really they are saying no black kids allowed without actually saying it!!!

  12. Marjorie Bernardin

    Can you imagine your little child crying to you because she was suspended from school because of the natural state of his/her hair. This is just a cowardly way on the school's intent to discriminate by putting this in their code of conduct/dress code

  13. Ryan Piscione

    I actually live in this city LORAIN, while the policy is misguided to say the least. We do have a cultural diversity in this city close to 25% hispanic (puerto rican predominately), 17% black and about 65% white. All this plus with mixed races and guess what you see whites blacks and spanish people here with corn rows, braids, afros, and whatever style is in at the moment. So yes while the policy is stupid, no one can say that the policy was aimed at a specific group, especially in this city. YOUR CITY MAYBE, but I don't think so in this case. If they wanted kids to be neat and clean that is one thing, but the hair policy is stupid.

  14. Signe Observed

    COMPROMISE ?! Unless there is a ban on ponytails, this may as well say "African & Jewish students go home" unbelievable.

  15. Jacquie Harmon

    Will this hair thing ever go away? Having been a black girl myself, I agree with previous comments. Telling black girls not to wear afro puffs and twists is saying "Don't be black in public." No one has the right to demand such a thing. It is worse than telling women what to do with their bodies. Don't make me come to Ohio and picket that school!

  16. Fauneil Gleason Purcell

    There is no way in hell they "did not intend to offend anyone." Who else do they think wears "afro puffs"? (Please don't jump all over me. I know that there are other people/ethnicities who have afros. My Samoan husband has extremely curly hair) They are being blatantly racist.

  17. Fauneil Gleason Purcell

    Oh my. I did not intend this to be shared on my feed. I only wrote a comment on the page. Oh well. I'll leave it up anyway.

  18. Bentley Ball

    Now now, they're not saying they don't want Black children. They just don't want any Afro-centric, self-confident, culturally astute Black children. You know, the type of kid who's not afraid to call you on your racist bullshit
    Or in their words, "no trouble makers!"

  19. Karess Solidone Wright

    are you out your mind how can Hispanic and purerto Ricans and whites where afro puffs .. explained that ..and on top out that blacks have no other way to were their hair .. how do you think our young black children are going to think about them self … know one wheres these hair dues but blacks sweet heart and if another race is wearing these hair dues than they are mixed with black. but I just want you to answer me this .. WHAT THE FUCK DOES HAIR HAVE TO DO WITH OUR CHILDREN EDUCATION .. CAN YOU ANSWER THAT .. WHAT ARE OUR CHILDREN LEARNING THAT THEY HAVE TO CHANGE THEIR APPAREANCE TO LOOK A CERTAIN TO LEARN .. TELL ME REALLY

  20. Karess Solidone Wright

    WEAR ^^^^ SORRY ABOUT THE TYPOS BUT IM THAT MAD ..

  21. Inamerica Jabs

    THERE WOULD BE NO CONVERSATION. MY CHILD WOULD BE GONE. OBVIOUSLY THE MINDSET OF THE ADMINISTRATORS IS THAT PEOPLE WITH COARSE HAIR ARE NOT WANTED IN THEIR INSTITUTION. EVEN MORE OBVIOUS IS THAT THE PEOPLE RUNNING THE SCHOOL ARE NOT EDUCATED, THEREFORE I WOULD NOT DEEM THEM CAPABLE OF EDUCATING MY CHILD. MONEY TALKS-JUST SAY GOODBYE IF IT OFFENDED YOU-AND IT SHOULD HAVE.

  22. Ryan Piscione

    Hair has nothing to do with learning I agree. Didn't dispute it. The schools job is to prepare these children for life in all manners. Appearance is one, you have a job, there are rules. You think the military is racist also because they also have a hair policy and guess what you don't see corn rows Afro puffs or anything outrageous. The downside of our society is that we give the children to much and show them very little moral standards. We as parents need to step up and be better examples to these children. If the parents don't want to abide by rules we teach children the same and we are slowly becoming an anarchist society. We all need rules to live by if you don't want live by them find a better country to live in

  23. Patricia Wiseman

    How in the world did the school think this was not racist? Who else popularized these hairdos? What a bunch of morons. I wouldn't send my child to a school that think being racist is okay enough that they don't find stuff like this as being wrong.

  24. Chante Williams

    Seriously in 2013? America surely has advanced…

  25. Brooklyn Carter

    Just terrible. And wtf is a small twisted braid? Either it's a braid ofa twist damnit!