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Texas College District Faces Lawsuit After Suspending 11-12 months-Previous Boy Over His Braided Hair

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A Texas college board confronted a lawsuit after issuing an in-school suspension to an 11-year-old boy who got here to class with braided hair in honor of his Black heritage.

Hope Cozart stated her son, Maddox, spent greater than every week remoted in a cubicle at Raymond Mays Center College, a part of the Troy Unbiased College District, the New York Daily News reported.

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Maddox is biracial. His father is Black, and his mom is White, in keeping with KCEN-TV.

She instructed KCEN-TV that Maddox and his sister wished to study their African heritage.

“We attempt to train our children about all of their tradition. Black, white, Native-American, every little thing,” Cozart defined. “They wish to discover their tradition. We checked out African Tribes and the way they braid their hair up. Bantu knots and all of the meanings of all that.”

The college reportedly claimed the coiffure violated its ban in opposition to boys’ carrying ponytails, high knot, bun, or comparable hairstyles.

Cozart referred to as the coverage outdated.

“Center college is the toughest years for lots of youngsters. So that you can single them out due to their hair. That, that is loopy. Youngsters ought to have the ability to specific themselves and hair doesn’t have an effect on your training,” she instructed KCEN-TV.

Superintendent Neil Jeter declined to remark to the TV station as a result of “It could not be applicable for me to debate disciplinary motion involving particular college students.”

Change.org launched a petition marketing campaign in assist of Maddox.