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[BLANK_AUDIO] Is this really happening in 2017? Twin sisters in Malden Massachusetts have been kicked off the track team, banned from prom and served six suspensions with the threat of six more because get this Because of their braids. Now the twins attend a charter school, which has a strict policy against hair extensions. But their parents argue that the policy unfairly discriminates against black people. Sadly we've heard this story before. Whether it was South Africa's, Pretoria high school saying that you can't wear natural hair. Or the military banning dreadlocks. News flash, there is nothing wrong with black women and girls wearing our hair as it comes out of our heads naturally. You got that? Good. [BLANK_AUDIO]

On May 15, we reported about the suspension of twin sisters Deanna and Mya Cook from Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, Massachusetts. According to the institution’s dated and discriminatory policies, the 15-year-olds’ box braids went against dress code, which prohibited extensions and hair “more than 2 inches in thickness or height,” such as afros and other styles typically worn by students of color. 

As a result of their decision to wear the hairstyle, both were also banned from a bevy of school activities, including the track team and even prom. 

Thankfully, the outpouring of complaints across social media, as well as a public appearance from the sisters, have forced the school to indefinitely suspend the hair portion of their policy.

During a private meeting this past weekend, the school’s board of trustees officially voted to eliminate the provision; a decision motivated in part by a letter from state Attorney General Maura Healy. Part of her letter called the discriminatory rules “unreasonably subjective or appear to effectively single out students of color.”

Now, according to a statement from the school’s board of trustees, the Cooks and other students in violation “may immediately resume all before- and after-school activities.”

They’ve also vowed to continue working with the Attorney General’s office to “ensure that the uniform policy reflects our longstanding commitment to the rights of all of our students.”

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