A Texas school board faced a lawsuit after suspending an 11-year-old boy from school in honor of his black heritage with braided hair.
Hope Cozart said her son Maddox spent more than a week in isolation in a booth at Raymond Mays Middle School, part of the Troy Independent School District, the New York Daily News reported.
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Maddox is biracial. His father is black and his mother is white, according to KCEN-TV.
She told KCEN-TV that Maddox and his sister wanted to learn about their African heritage.
“We try to teach our children all of their cultures. Black, white, Indians, everything, "explained Cozart." They like to explore their culture. We looked at African tribes and how they braid their hair. Bantu knot and all meanings of it all. "
The school reportedly claimed the hairstyle violated the prohibition on boys wearing ponytails, buns, buns or similar hairstyles.
Cozart called the directive out of date.
"Middle school is the toughest year for a lot of kids. It's crazy for you to highlight them for their hair. That's crazy. Children should be able to express themselves and hair doesn't affect your education," she said KCEN-TV.
Superintendent Neil Jeter declined to speak to the television station because "it would not be appropriate for me to discuss disciplinary measures with certain students".
Change.org launched a petition campaign in support of Maddox.