A Black grandmother in rural Texas is fighting back against her grandson’s new school district after she was told to cut the boy’s hair or put him in a dress.
When Randi Woodley took her 4-year-old grandson to his new school in East Texas in August, they were both asked to report to the principal at Tatum Primary School, she told CNN.
At the principal’s office, she was told that the child’s hair was too long and in violation of the district’s dress code. Her grandson’s hair is a beautiful shoulder length, and the rules mandate that hair can’t go below the top of a shirt collar.
She was told to either braid the boy’s hair and pin it up in a dress code-approved bun or cut it off.
The superintendent reiterated the same point when Woodly brought the issue to him.
“He told me that I could either cut it, braid it and pin it up, or put my grandson in a dress and send him to school, and when prompted, my grandson must say he’s a girl,” she told local news station KETK.
He told her that her grandson could wear a dress and say he was a girl to be protected under federal law.
He has yet to publicly comment on the policy to news outlets.
But another parent has started a petition in the boy’s name that calls for the student to be able to wear his natural hair. It had more than 5,600 signatures as of Saturday afternoon.