*Problems seem to have arisen for a Utah girl on a spiritual journey. Caycee Cunningham studied abroad in Guatamala and discovered the Hindu religion while she was there. Now, as a result, she has worn her hair in dreadlocks – a style that apparently goes against the grain of her Utah high school.
But her mother believes the teen is being “racially profiled” at the school because she is white and wears dreadlocks, according to what she told Fox 13.
“My daughter is white and there happens to be other kids in the school who happen to be other race and ethnicity, and they have hair that can’t be combed, and there’s never been an issue regarding that before,” Caycee Cunningham’s mom, Tonya Judd, told the news station.
Lincoln Academy has a strict dress code policy, and the school reprimanded the teen, and contacted Judd to let her know that her daughter’s hairstyle violated the school’s dress code.
Cunningham was asked to remove the locks.
But it is the eighth-graders spiritual beliefs that both she and her mother stand by.
“I guess it’s just like representing, like me turning over a new leaf and like trying to find myself,” Cunningham said about her choice to wear dreadlocks. “I think they could be a little more accepting of it, and I think they should, because we do live in America and it does kind of boggles my mind a little bit,” she added.
Her mother believes the school is interfering with her daughter’s civil rights.
“Not only have they been racially profiling my daughter because she happens to be a while girl with dreadlocks, but it’s also taking away the rights of my daughter’s religious beliefs and her spiritual journey,” Judd said.
Lincoln Academy, located in Pleasant Grove, Utah, does not ban dreadlocks specifically but does insist that students have natural hair colors in styles and cuts that are not distracting.
“Our dress code says that our students’ hair must have a neat, combed appearance, be appropriate for school and not be distracting in the classroom, which is pretty similar to what many schools in our area have,” Principal Jake Hunt, who claims he wants another conversation with the girls mother, told Fox 13.
“We would be happy to come to a common solution with parents if they have concerns,” he said. “It’s just a matter of having that conversation with us and trying to go through that process.”
Well that all sounds well and good with the mother and daughter. But they stand firm and say Caycee’s hair will stay in the style its in and they are prepared to leave the school behind if it comes to that.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know the mother was referring to black kids (not exclusively, but inclusively) in the school wearing locks. Do you think the school should lay off this kid, or do you see dreadlocks as a hairstyle that should only be work by blacks?
Read more at Fox 13.