Michigan Student Banned From Participating In School Picture Day Due To Color Of Hair Extensions!
A young elementary school girl has been left heartbroken and humiliated after school officials have banned her from participating in picture day due to the color of her hair extensions.
According to #PeopleMagazine ; Marian Scott, 8 of Paragon Charter Academy in Jackson County, was overjoyed with excitement for her red hair extensions. Her mom Latoya Howard states Marian pleaded for months to have her hair done within that specific style and she finally had given in. “Marian couldn’t stop staring at herself in the mirror,” Howard states. “She kept saying, ‘Thank you mom!’ over and over again.”
However Marian’s School was anything but excited about the new hair color. Officials stated that the style violates the school’s policy and prohibited Marian from participating in school picture day.
“It’s upsetting,” Marian’s dad Doug Scott tells local news. “Her hair is done in a bun, it’s braided into a bun, it’s just uncalled for to pull them to the side … Marian didn’t leave out the house, go down the street, and go get this done on her own. She’s 8 years old, we did this ourselves in our own home, and there’s just no way I felt like this would happen.”
Marian was ordered to stand outside in the hallway while her peers had their picture taken. She was told by instructors that she was unable to represent the school.
Sources have indicated that Paragon’s handbook reads that all students must be dressed in the school’s uniform for picture day or they won’t be able to participate. Also within the dress code section of the handbook reads, “Hairstyles must be conservative … Hair color must be of natural tones.”School officials have stated that memo of these regulations were also forwarded to each student’s parents. Scott states he never received it.
“If they at least would’ve reached out to us and said, ‘Hey, come get her, she’s got a hair issue, we need you to change it, that’s not allowed, it’s in the handbook,’ ” he said. “They didn’t even go to those extents. They let her stay in school. So if she’s not a disruption to the class, then why is she a disruption to the picture?”
Marian’s parents state they will not remove her from the school but feels a better line of communication is necessary.
Paragon’s spoke person Leah Nixon has stated, “We take great care to ensure our families are well-informed about this policy, and also work closely with students and their parents if there’s a concern. We understand the importance of good communication in helping strengthen the partnership we have with our families, and will continue to make this a priority to create a school environment where everyone is valued and has their voice heard.”