Black students at a Malden, MA charter school who wear their hair in braids are facing detention and suspension after administrators say the hairstyles violate the school’s dress code. Parents believe the crackdown as racist and meant to specifically target black students.
Colleen Cook, mother of twin 15-year-old daughters said: “They teach them at a very high academic level and I appreciate that, and that’s why they go to the school. But, unfortunately, they don’t have any sensitivity to diversity at all.”
The parents of two other students told they were barred from participating in school sports and activities - including this spring's prom - for refusing to take out their braids.
Following public criticism, the school has defended the policy saying it promotes equity "by focusing on what unites our students and reducing visible gaps between those of different means," reads a statement released by the school.