UPDATE: Texas School Official Suspended for Using Marker to Fill in Black Student’s Hair Cut Design is Reinstated

UPDATE: May 21, 2019


ORIGINAL STORY: Published April 28, 2019

A Berry Miller Junior High School administrator has been suspended after making a Black student use a permanent marker to color in a design shaved into his hair cut.

The assistant principal at the school in Pearland, a city south of Houston, gave the student the option of getting reprimanded or using a permanent marker to cover the letter “M” design on the left side of his head.

A woman, Angela Washington, who appears to be his mother, wrote in a Facebook post, which went viral, that the assistant principal, who has not been named,  “told him he was out of dress code with his designs and decided to color my baby design with a PERMANENT MARKER!”

Pearland Independent School District said in a statement the student’s haircut violated the dress code, which states, “Hair must be neat, clean and well groomed. Extreme hairstyles such as carvings, mohawks, spikes, etc. are not allowed.”

The assistant principal administrative leave.

“District administration has contacted the student’s family to express our sincerest apology and extreme disappointment in this situation, which does not fall in line with the values of Pearland ISD,” the statement reads.

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