Tulsa girl kicked out of school over her hair leads to changes

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 9/09/2013 9:06 am Published: 9/07/2013 9:33 pm

Worldwide reaction could prompt a 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 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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Locd - 9/16/2013 3:36 PM
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It's pretty obvious quite a few of you all have reading lacking reading comprehension skills. This situation could have been avoided entirely had the school been mature about the situation to begin with. Yes there are rules in place but im becoming increasingly aware that many of you all skipped over the part about the policy being new and that she had had her hair in locks since the PREVIOUS school year. The mother has been put on the record for saying the rule in questions implied bias toward boys, ( males could not have dreads but said nothing about girls) but mentioned nowhere in the paragraph that it applied to girls as well. Instead of letting her mother an father handle the situation and decide she they wanted to keep her in the school, the administration told the SEVEN YEAR old she wasnt in compliance with the school and that she would have to remove her permanent hairstyle to continue " education" there. The point is many of you racist morons heard a story about a young black child being mistreated and had to find some kids of reason to justify it please do us ( the world) the favor a leap from the nearest cliff. Signed A dreaded up sistah looking out for another little sister. Keep you head up dear this world will hate you for everything about you and things that have nothing to do with you, just remember no matter what these idiots tell you, you are the way your creator made you and if anybody has beef with that tell them take that up with HIM. Peace and Blessings #Americasdayisonthehorizon

Broman - 9/10/2013 5:01 PM
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Unwashed Mass - 9/10/2013 11:41 AM
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"Executive Session" (meeting in secret) is usually reserved for employee discipline, not matters of public (as this clearly is).

rswimp - 9/9/2013 10:31 PM
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Will rules can be broken....there was rule that didn't allow black to go to the same school as whites...that was change because it was wrong..there was rules that didn't allow my people to sit in front of the bus..that rule was also overturn....this policy was change because it was long over due...my niece and my brother spoke up...in which so many people didnt ...and people listen..I guess you guys would be happy if my niece bleach her skin. And straighten her hair to fit in...no would care...but because someone spoke up..people have something to say....the only thing I can do is pray for ones who don't believe in whats right is right......GoWithGod!!!!!!!&LetHimUseYou!!!!!!

CowBot9000 - 9/9/2013 3:55 PM
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I agree with Sunkist. It wasn't a 7 year old girl that changed things; it was a bunch of petulant adults that should be mature enough to know better.

prodiversity01 - 9/9/2013 2:41 PM
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Change needed to happen and it DID! Thank you to all who lifted their voices to make this change take place. *Respect*

prodiversity01 - 9/9/2013 2:34 PM
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The people taking offense to this policy change need a reality check... The policy is biased towards european standards of beauty. However, hair comes in a variety of textures not just strait and smooth... It is to say that a child can't wear their hair the way it naturally grows from their head which equals Afro in this case. Dreadlocks is one of many styles African Americans wear their "afro" textured hair. To say, in a school's dress code policy, that "afro's and dreadlocks" are unacceptable and insinuate that it is unprofessional is equivalent to saying to a white person that wearing their hair strait (the way it naturally grows from their head) is unacceptable and unprofessional. Imagin someone saying some mess like that to you or your child.... Get over yourself!

WyoMoe - 9/9/2013 1:51 PM
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SO now Mohawks, Afro's, Dreadlocks, etc will be allowed???? Oh, wait a minute..............It's a racial thing right?!?!?!

jaree13 - 9/9/2013 10:13 AM
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This is about a parent not wanting to abide by the rules and he's sending the wrong message to his child saying that its ok not to follow the rules! this is pathetic!

sooner1 - 9/9/2013 8:23 AM
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They knew the rules, but I guess the rules don't apply to crying little girls. The dad wants somebody to apologize to him because he doesn't think the rules apply to them,if you don't like the rules don't go there. It's gotten to be that there are 2 sets of rules for people. When a school can't even enforce it's rules, it's a sad day.
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