Tarver Elementary School in Belton, Texas pulled the girl out of class and called her mother because her hairdo did not conform to the school dress code.
"She cried and said no one was going to want to be her friend because her hair was not as pretty as the assistant principal's,” her mother, MarianReed said. “And, as a parent, that's heartbreaking because that's just what God naturally gave her."
Marian admits that her daughter's hair won't lie flat, as many young black girls' hair won't do. However, those small ponytails, also known as afro puffs were too much for the administration to handle. Interestingly enough, when the third-grader wore the same hairstyle with synthetic hair extensions, she was not reprimanded. That hypocritical attitude made Marian believe that the school's decision was discriminatory.
"They could have called me and discussed it with me without pulling her out of class and without having that conversation in front of her because now she's questioning her natural image.” Reed said. “And, at nine years old, she's going to remember that for the rest of her life."