School Under Fire For Asking Student To Remove Dreadlocks

Caycee Cunningham is an eighth-grader at the Lincoln Academy in Pleasant Grove, Utah. After studying abroad in Guatemala, she decided to wear dreadlocks as an expression of her Hindu beliefs. Her school has since asked her to remove them.

Cunningham said, "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 boggle my mind a little bit. I guess it's just like representing like me turning over a new leaf and like trying to find myself.”

Cunningham's mother, Tonya Judd, said "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. 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.”

Principal Jake Hunt said the school has policies against unnatural hair colors and distracting haircuts. Hunt stated “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." Cunningham and Judd have refused to remove the dreadlocks.

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