Local charter school votes to amend current dress code policy


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 9/11/2013 11:54 am Published: 9/09/2013 8:13 pm


A local charter school amends its school dress code policy after it received world-wide attention.

Tiana Parker, 7, was told her dreadlocks violated the school's dress code. FOX23 first broke the story last week after the girl went home crying from school.

Since then, public outrage prompted school leaders to discuss a change.

After two hours behind closed doors during an executive session Monday evening, the board decided that it will amend the current dress code policy.

References relating to type of hairstyles and other personal appearance references have been removed and substituted with the following statement:

"Each student and the parents/guardians of the student are responsible for the personal hygiene of the student. The administration reserves the right to contact the parents/guardians regarding any personal hygiene issues that it believes causes a risk to the health, safety, and welfare of the student, his or her classmates and faculty or staff or detracts from the educational environment."

The school board will also be reviewing all of its other policies to see if any other changes need to be made.

Board Chairman Kenneth James told FOX23, "It was never our intent to cause any harm to Tiana or her family by our actions. If harm did occur, we apologize."

Tiana's parents have since removed the child and placed her in Tulsa Public Schools.

Deborah Brown Community School is one of the oldest charter schools in the state of Oklahoma. The current enrollment consists of 98 percent African-American students.


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srobinson - 9/22/2013 10:13 AM
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@Mayor Maynot No, she has learned that when you run into an unfair, stupid rule you can get it changed. She doesn't attend that school anymore anyway. Her parents put her in a school that is not so narrow minded and obtuse. The school changed it's policy because they realized how stupid it was.

Mayor Maynot - 9/10/2013 11:02 AM
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So now the little girl will think that anytime things don't go her way that she can cry about it long enough to get her way. This whole situation was started by her parents believing that the rules don't apply to them. She won't find such an easy out when she meets the real world. Whiner ass rule breakers will hear, "YOUR FIRED" when they break the rules.

mtnlady - 9/10/2013 10:04 AM
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"References relating to type of hairstyles and other personal appearance references have been removed and substitued with the following statement: "Each student and the parents/guardians of the student are responsible for the personal hygiene of the student. The administration reserves the right to contact the parents/guardians regarding any personal jygiene issues that it believes causes a risk to the health, safety, and welfare of the student, his or her classmates and faculty or stagg or detracts from the educational environement." The school board will also be reviewing all of its other policies to see if any other changes need to be made." Perhaps the school board should start it's review with ensuring that they can present their policies in a respectable and professional manner - by which I mean without too many typos or spelling errors.
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