A Books Christian Academy in Apopka, Florida denied admission to a 6-year-old first grader because he has dreadlocks claiming his hair violated their standards.
Clinton Stanley Sr. was completely taken aback when he accompanied his son on the first day of school and was turned away for the child’s hair.
Clinton Jr., who was in uniform and ready to learn, looked totally confused and disappointed in the video posted on social media.
The frustrated father is heard saying, “Our son just got told he could not attend the school with his hair. If that’s not biased, I don’t know what is.”
“I respect their rules, but it’s not right,” Stanley told the paper. “Allow kids to come as they are. You are a Christian school. In the Bible it says, come as you are. You deny a kid an education on his hair?”
You can see my school, it’s probably 95 percent black.
Obviously, I am not a racist. But we try to uphold certain Biblical standards and certain degrees of order that enable us to maintain a school.
According to the school’s parent/student handbook, boy’s hair must be “tapered cut, off the collar and ears. There are to be no dreads, Mohawks, designs, unnatural color, or unnatural designs. No combs or net caps.“
A Books Christian Academy’s Facebook page is in shambles right now.
The good news is Clinton Jr. is now enrolled in another school.
Have a great school year!