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.

Latest News

Champions of Pride Part Two: Entertainers

Pride Month is a time to reflect on the trailblazers, freedom fighters, and history makers who fought valiantly to increase inclusion and representation for the LGBTQ community, and who have paved a way for a better tomorrow for future generations. In Part Two of our four-part series celebrating Champions of…

Marriott International Launches “Bridging The Gap” Hotel Development Program

Originally published at news.marriott.com. Marriott International is a Hall of Fame company.   At the 44th Annual NYU International Hospitality Investment Conference, Marriott International announced the launch of “Marriott’s Bridging The Gap,” a multi-year, $50 million development program that aims to address the barriers to entry that historically underrepresented groups…

Educating Your Workforce on Juneteenth

Even as Juneteenth officially became a federal holiday in 2021, many employers likely have large portions of their workforce who remain unfamiliar with the details of the holiday. This month provides the perfect opportunity to explain the significance of Juneteenth not only for Black Americans but for all Americans. The…

5 Biggest News Stories of the Week: June 16

As the saying goes, the news never stops — but there’s a lot of it out there, and all of it doesn’t always pertain to our readers. In this weekly news roundup, we’ll cover the top news stories that matter most to our diversity focused audience. 1. Buffalo Supermarket Shooter…