School board backs off hair braid ban

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

A Mas­sachusetts char­ter school that came un­der fire for what some stu­dents and par­ents con­sid­ered a racist pol­icy of ban­ning hair braid ex­ten­sions has sus­pended the rule. The Mys­tic Val­ley Re­gional Char­ter School in Malden backed off the pro­vi­sion in its hair/makeup rules af­ter trus­tees met Sun­day. The is­sue came to light when the par­ents of twin 15-year-old black girls said their daugh­ters were pun­ished for wear­ing ex­ten­sions, while white stu­dents hadn’t been pun­ished for vi­o­la­tions of hair­style reg­u­la­tions.

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