School District in East Texas Tells Boy To Cut His Hair Or Wear A Dress

"Change his hair or put him in a dress." That's the choice one East Texas grandmother says she was given to deal with her grandson's long hair.

She says when the four-year-old showed up to school in August, he was told his hair needed changing.

She believes the problem is the dress code, which states 'no ponytails, male buns, or puffballs are allowed on male students.' Also, hair can't extend past the top of a collar.

"And the superintendent then gave me three options, he told me that I could either cut it, braid it and pin it up, or put my grandson in a dress and send him to school and when prompted my grandson must say he's a girl," said boy's grandmother Randi Woodley.

Parents in Tyler say the Tatum ISD dress code is discriminatory and they want changes.

"We shouldn't even be talking about this at any age because hair has nothing to do with learning," said Woodley.

She says she plans to keep fighting for change. The district superintendent declined to comment.

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