The board of trustees for a school district in Texas has voted unanimously to retain its headline-making grooming policy that prevented two Black students from attending school unless they cut their dreadlocks.
Superintendent Greg Poole said at the time, “There is no dress code policy that prohibits cornrows or any braiding. Our policy limits the length. It’s been that way for 30 years.”
Kaden Bradford and his cousin, Deandre Arnold, were both suspended in January by the Barbers Hill Independent School District. Bradford, who was a sophomore, transferred to another school. Arnold wasn’t allowed to walk at graduation because he refused to cut his dreadlocks, a situation that caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres.
She and guest Alicia Keys presented Arnold with a $20,000 check to go toward his college tuition, and Ellen begged, pleaded with the school district to reconsider Arnold’s suspension.