Twin sisters Deanna and Mya Scott, 15-year-old students at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Massachusetts, have been banned from participating in school events, including their prom.
Their offense? Wearing braids with hair extensions. And, well, being Black.
|Examples of hair that likely violates the following policy: For example, it bans ‘extra-long hair,’ ‘hair more than 2 inch in thickness or height,’ ‘coloring, dying [sic], lightening,’ ‘hair extensions,’ and all ‘[f]acial hair.’”|
According to a complaint filed by the ACLU of Massachusetts with the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Mystic Valley’s hair and makeup policy discriminates on the basis of race because it bans hairstyles commonly worn by Black students. The policy implicitly requires Black students to spend money that they may not have or want to spend in order to style their hair to comport with white norms about hair and appearance.
|Deena and Mya Scott|