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.
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.
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