|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.