Seven college students are suing a Texas college district over its coverage banning boys from having lengthy hair, with violators doubtlessly being suspended or kicked off campus.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and the ACLU Ladies’s Rights Undertaking filed a lawsuit on behalf of the seven college students, ages seven to 17, towards Magnolia Unbiased College District.
The grievance says a 9-year-old boy was saved in in-school suspensions for greater than a month and faraway from campus earlier than the boy ultimately dropped out of college. He’s at the moment homeschooled.
“We’ve got warned the district repeatedly that its gender-based hair coverage violates the Structure, however the district continues to derail college students’ lives and deny their proper to a public training free from discrimination,” said Brian Klosterboer, a workers lawyer on the ACLU of Texas.
“At a time when college students have already been by a lot because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s outrageous that Magnolia ISD directors are pushing college students out of college due to their gender and hair,” he added.
The varsity coverage states boys cannot put on their hair over their eyes, previous the underside of their ear or previous the underside of a gown shirt collar.
The lawsuit states the varsity beforehand allowed college students to put on lengthy hair with no points, however has lately arbitrarily utilized the coverage to some male college students.
“Though Plaintiffs beforehand wore lengthy hair in Magnolia ISD with out incident for years, the district determined to vigorously implement its gender-based hair restrictions this college 12 months by punishing or threatening to punish Plaintiffs for carrying lengthy hair,” the lawsuit states, saying the coverage has brought on “irreparable hurt.”
The varsity has beforehand defended its coverage telling KPRC in August the coverage “displays the values of our group at massive” and has “been authorised by the Texas courts and continues for use by roughly half the districts within the state of Texas.”
ACLU is arguing the coverage violates the equal safety clause beneath the 14th modification and Title IX.
“It feels dehumanizing to have college, a authorities entity, power me to chop my hair and meet their expectations of appearances,” Daniel Hoosier, a pupil who reluctantly reduce their hair after someday of in-school suspension, told the Houston Chronicle.
The Hill has reached out to the varsity for remark.