Court backs boy with braids
A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that a Texas school district cannot punish an American Indian kindergartner for wearing his hair in traditional braids to express his family’s religious beliefs.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a Houston lower court ruling.
The 5-year-old wears his 13-inch-long hair in two long braids outside his shirt. The Needville Independent School District argued its grooming policy requires a boy’s hair to not cover his ears or touch the top of his shirt collar.
School officials initially refused to exempt the boy but later allowed him to wear a single braid tucked into his shirt. His parents challenged that proposal.