School considers changing policy

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 9/07/2013 10:17 pm Published: 9/07/2013 10:16 pm

Worldwide reaction could prompt change in policy at Deborah Brown Community School. FOX23 told 7-year-old, Tiana Parker’s story earlier this week. Video of Tiana crying about her lack of support from school administrators, because of her hair sent thousands into a fit and garnered global attention.
"I think that they should let me have my dreads,” said Tiana.

Viewers demanded the school change its policy. Currently, the policy states that hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, Mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.

The school states it felt that could distract from the respectful and serious atmosphere it strives for.

"She went to the school last year and didn't have any problems,” said Tiana’s father, Terrance Parker.

Parker said he has since enrolled Tiana in a Tulsa Public School.

By Saturday afternoon, Langston University, Deborah Brown’s sponsor released a statement:

“Langston University became aware Friday of a matter in which a student was allegedly dismissed from the Deborah Brown Community School, a charter school in Tulsa, Oklahoma sponsored by the University. The alleged dismissal stemmed from a violation of a school policy related to dress code and appearance. Langston University was not involved with creating the policy. After a discussion between Langston University President Kent Smith and the superintendent of the school, Ms. Deborah Brown, it was mutually agreed that the policy in question should be changed. On Monday Ms. Brown will propose a policy change to the school’s board during a special meeting. Smith said he supports the change in the policy because it reflects an important value at Langston University to respect the individuality of students.”

FOX23 will follow the results of the meeting.

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coachj - 9/9/2013 6:35 PM
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Should of done something long time ago on wearing pants down. So stupid and people should get fine 100.00 every time they get caught. Nobody want to look at their dumb rear. So change this rule for the schools plus the public in the U.S. What a world we live in now days.

jbf16falcon - 9/9/2013 8:43 AM
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Rules aren't a bad thing. I lived 30 years under the military's dress code with pride. Maybe the parents need to actually read the rules before they cause their child's tears.

karlschneider - 9/8/2013 6:52 PM
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And when some kid's baby daddy throws a fit because they won't let the little thug wear his pants down around his butt, they will do another "modification" of the rules. Anything to placate every whining AH who thinks their own s*** doesn't stink.

gettingby - 9/8/2013 9:28 AM
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If the dress code for whatever reason said no dreads, then no dreads. School develops the ability to color within the lines and follow rules. Even those that you don't like. Now Langston is silently threatening the school with withdrawal of support unless the school caves in. And the school probably will which teaches us that money talks and people will do anything to follow the rules of PC. What a shame.
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