Even after CROWN Act, Texas student suspended for dreadlocks

The same week his state outlawed racial discrimination based on hairstyles, Darryl George, a Black high school student in Mont Belvieu, Texas, was suspended for showing up – as he always has – wearing twisted dreadlocks. 

School officials at Barbers Hill High School said the junior’s dreadlocks fell below his eyebrows and ear lobes, violating the district’s dress code. And despite his family’s disagreement with the situation, Darryl has repeatedly served weeks of in-school suspensions since Aug. 31.

Darryl’s mother, Darresha George, is fighting back against the suspensions and has also pointed out the harsh way that Darryl’s suspension has been carried out. “He has to sit on a stool for eight hours in a cubicle,” she said. “That’s very uncomfortable. Every day he’d come home, [and] … say his back hurts….”

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