Tulsa School Tells 7-Year-Old Her Dreads Are ‘Distracting’

Updated 4:52pm ET

Oklahoma man Terrance Parker pulled his 7-year-old daughter, Tiana, out of a Tulsa charter school after he said school officials told him Tiana’s dreadlocked hair didn’t look presentable, local Fox affiliate KOKI reported Wednesday. 

The dress code at Deborah Brown Community School states that “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.” The school feels that could distract from a respectful and serious atmosphere, according to KOKI. School officials declined to speak with reporters.

“She’s always presentable. I take pride in my kids looking nice,” Parker, who is a barber, told KOKI. He has enrolled Tiana at a new school which does not take issue with her hairstyle, he said.

The founder of the school, who is now its executive director, and the school’s board, are all African-American.

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