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Girl Leaves Middle School In Tears After Officials Say Her Braids Violate Policy

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A Louisiana Catholic school has come under fire after video went viral of an 11-year-old Black middle schooler exiting the premises because her braids violated school policy.
Faith Fennidy was recorded in tears on Monday as she packed up her supplies and left her classroom at Christ the King Middle School.
Apparently, school officials told the sixth-grader earlier in the month that her hairstyle did not follow the school’s new policy — so her family changed it, spending a “considerable amount of money in the process,” according to the family’s lawyer.
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But when Faith returned to school on Monday with short, neat braids, officials said the girl’s hair was still out of order and reportedly told her to leave.
Video of the incident was shared to Facebook by Steven Fennidy, who identified himself as Faith’s brother. In his post, Steven wrote that the school “sneakily added in a policy that no extensions, clip-ins or weaves are allowed,” a policy he says will “affect black children more than white children.”
He went on to say Faith’s extensions aren’t just a hairstyle, but they “make the hair easier to maintain” and allow her to “have access to the swimming pool without having to get her hair re-done every night.”
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The policy — which, in the 2018 handbook, states that “only the student’s natural hair is permitted. Extensions, wigs, hair pieces of any kind are not allowed” — has since sparked outrage online, with many social media users calling it a prime example of racial discrimination.
But the school sees it otherwise. A rep for the district said in a statement to People that the school “offered the student’s family an opportunity to comply” with the new policy and that they “remain committed to being a welcoming school community that celebrates our unity and diversity.”
They really don’t see the irony in that statement, do they? Maybe they should watch this video and see things from a different point of view…
[Image via Steven Fennidy/Facebook]

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Aug 23, 2018 14:14pm PDT