When 7 year-old Tiana Parker was sent home from her Tulsa school for the wrong hairstyle, her father Terrance, a barber, flipped his wig.
“She’s always presentable,” he explained. “I take pride in my kids looking nice.”
But apparently he was unaware that her hairstyle, braids accented with a bright red bow, would run afoul of the school policy that states “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”
When the story blew up in local media the school changed to a more “inclusive” policy but Tiana has moved on to another school.
Perhaps the library at her new school will buy a copy of Bad For You. If so, she can see that this story is nothing new when she reads about the historic hysteria around “Hair Bans”.