Black student suspended over hairstyle in US, school denies discrimination

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Darryl George, a junior at Barbers Hill High School, received an in-school suspension after he was told his hair fell below his eyebrows and ear lobes. The incident recalls debates over hair discrimination in schools and the workplace and is already testing the state’s newly enacted CROWN Act, which took effect on September 1.

/ Photo: AP The same week his state outlawed racial discrimination based on hairstyles, a Black high school student in Texas was suspended because school officials said his locks violated the district’s dress code.

Darryl George, a junior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, received an in-school suspension after he was told his hair fell below his eyebrows and ear lobes. George, 17, wears his hair in thick twisted dreadlocks, tied on top of his head, said his mother, Darresha George.

George served the suspension last week. His mother said he plans to return to the Houston-area school, wearing his dreadlocks in a ponytail, even if he is required to attend an alternative school as a result.

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