Video Of Tokyo Vanity’s Niece Getting Pulled From Class Over Her Braids Has People Going Off

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Video Of Tokyo Vanity’s Niece Getting Pulled From Class Over Her Braids Has People Going Off

In the viral clip, Faith couldn't stop crying as she left the school.

Published August 21st

In another instance of Black children being asked to leave Christian schools because of their hair, a Black girl with braided extensions was not allowed to attend classes at a Louisiana private school because her hairstyle was against school policy.

11-year-old Faith was a student at Christ the King Middle School, where she had worn braided hair for two years with no issue, according to Faith’s brother. However, at the start of this school year, the school changed the policy and no longer allows extensions, clip-ins and weave, Faith’s brother Steven Fennidy said in his Facebook post.

Steven recorded video of Faith and her family interacting with school officials until she tearfully gathered her belongings and walked out of the school. Faith’s mother, Montrelle Fennidy confirmed Tuesday morning that her daughter is no longer a student Christ the King and they are in the process of finding the 6th grader a new school.

  1. Steven Fennidy shared the video he recorded on Monday and it immediately went viral

    The Archdiocese of New Orleans on Tuesday released the following written statement from Superintendent RaeNell Billiot Houston:

    Archdiocese of New Orleans schools develop policies appropriate for their respective schools. Christ the King Elementary School has a policy that states:  "Boys and Girls: Only the students' natural hair is permitted."

    This policy was communicated to all parents during the summer and again before the first day of school, and was applied to all students. Furthermore, the school leadership worked with families as needed to ensure compliance.

    We remain committed to being a welcoming school community that celebrates our unity and diversity.

    Houston told WGNO.com that school officials told Faith and her parents last week that her hair violated the school policy.

    "The child had her hair re-done on Friday of last week and reported to school today," Houston told WGNO on Monday. "The new hairstyle was still not in compliance with the new hairstyle policy. At that point, the parent made the decision to remove her child from the school."

    The Fennidy family told WWL-TV they are meeting with a lawyer about filing a discrimination lawsuit.

  2. "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" Tokyo Vanity also shared the video and revealed Faith is her niece
  3. T.I. re-posted Vanity's video and went off on the school in his caption

    Christ the King school in Gretna,La. You are deplorable!!! A true disgrace to the very thing your school’s name says it represents. How do you feel that this is a proper representation of what Jesus Christ the King & how he would want us to treat our children? You should be ashamed of yourselves...although I know you aren’t. This young lady is beautiful and her hair is perfectly fine. Unless of course you have an issue with black people’s hair in generally? Or is it that you intended to publicly ostracize & humiliate these young ladies so they’d be ashamed of who they are and how they look... making them feel inadequate because they aren’t YOUR version of beautiful? That’s the only explanations I can conceivably come up with. TO THESE BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADIES who endured this covert application of bigotry disguised as school policy... I want you to know this... Your hair is beautiful. Your skin is beautiful. Your minds are beautiful. And not only that... you’re so undeniably beautiful & brilliant that you threaten anyone who tells you otherwise, to the point that they’re willing to stoop to levels as low as this to discourage you,so you’ll give up on your goals and never reach the levels of greatness they know await you. Please DONT LET THEM WIN!!! Please Just know the world is full of ignorant,hateful, insecure, inferior, demonic assholes. They want nothing more than to block your blessings by creating doubt in your minds, fueled by the false illusion of you not being good enough. But DONT BELIEVE THAT BULLSHIT!!!! YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH-nah BETTER THAN ANYBODY WHO TRIES TO MAKE YOU FEEL OTHERWISE. FUCK EM🖕🏽FUCK EM🖕🏽FUCK EM ALL!!! and tell em TIP said that... not TI!!!! Parents Please let me know if there’s ANY WAY POSSIBLE for me to be helpful. #HowDareYall #YourEnemyShouldntSchoolYourChildren

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  4. People all over social media slammed the school for instituting a policy that mainly affects one racial group

Written by BET Staff

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