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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  1. The issue of violating dress code should have been addressed with the parents. Coloring this child’s head was completely ridiculous and could border on offensive touching. This administrator is a liability for the school district. This person made an issue that should have been handled properly a real concern. As one poster noted, what if the child had an allergic reaction. Let’s be smarter than this.

  2. William Hodge

    The school official should be fired. Folk from the boy’s community should be on the culture board of the ziSD.

  3. The assistant principal was wrong to do this. Outside of the dress code, the child could have been allergic to the marker on his head. Children’s skin is very sensitive.
    But it also need to be addressed why would a parent allow this cut if they know the dress code. They need to take some responsibility for this situation. Dress code id a dress code. Follow the rules.

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