Lawsuit over Louisiana school's hair policy is dismissed

  • M
    I would like to know if the parents objected, or brought this issue to the school prior to school starting. I don't see anything wrong with the hair style; however, did the parents read the rules, go to the school, explain the situation with hair types and why the rules would cause a problem and try to work it out? Or, did the parents decide to challenge the rule, go to social media, and file suit to get money. If they went to the school first to try and work the issue, and the school ignored them, that's one issue. Just causing publicity over the rule is another. The child is in the middle of all of this as are the other children. What lessons have the kids learned? All you have to do is play victim, publicize it and get gifts? Or, sensibly challenge an unfair policy and try to work it out, before suing anyone? If you want people to accept cultural, ethnic, religious differences, explain first you're reasons why you object. I did not know about the hair texture problems and I have many Afro American friends. Hair styles just haven't been one of my concerns in life. I do thank those who have commented and given BOTH sides of the issue.
  • T
    The Mermaid
    My concern with all these dress code related complaints and lawsuits is that they detract from the primary goal of schools which is to educate children. It is a sad comment on our society that schools must play a parental role in establishing and enforcing dress codes. Some parents evidently are unconcerned that their children wear clothing to school which is inspired by gang colors and symbology, is immodest, contains inappropriate language or slogans etc. And then the reaction is to file lawsuits, and attempt to garner media attention. I fear many of these children will find they are unemployable because they were not brought up to understand that "it's not all about them".
  • G
    Why do people send their children to private schools, then complain about the dress codes? And they might not even send this girl back after all the stress and strife? Oh, wait, it will make a better lawsuit if she claims to have been traumatized.
  • d
    I went to a Catholic grammar school and high school. I also went to a Catholic University. Yes, they are private schools and can set any standard that they wish. I'm a guy, and I had to keep my hair shorter than my collar. Girls had to wear skirts that covered their knees, but couldn't wear pants, even when it was 10 degrees outside.
  • S
    When i was 17 i got suspended because i was warned once that my hair was close to the collar, then the next day i came back to school and had to go home till i corrected it! I guess i should have fought it! Seems like now if you don’t follow the rules you can cry and have them changed!
  • j
    Parents - what are you raising? I went to Catholic school, was told to Cut my long hair to shoulder length. I did or I was asked to leave. Are you teaching them to DISREGARD every and all rules and regulations? Think The courts MUST enforce the rules of friviolous lawsuits making the complainant pay for all court costs. STOP IT
  • E
    Why did the school "Christ the King school rescinded the policy." It is a private school with rules and regulations. The school's standard must not be lowered because of those who refuse to abide by the rules and regulations. If anyone refuses to obey the rules, they are free to leave the school for another. Besides, there is nothing discriminating about the rules.
  • S
    I am a firm believer that PRIVATE schools have the right to enforce certain codes that they deem necessary and this might include dress codes and behavior codes. So as an analogy to this Catholic school, Islamic schools cannot force their students to abide with proper head covering and uniforms it sees fit?? It is also the right of the parent whether or not to send their child there.
  • R
    “Archdiocese begged the parents to drop the suit and caved into their demands after judged backhanded them, and also citing that the Catholic Church, quote ‘has bigger things to worry about right now’”.
  • C
    Is the private school in a white neighborhood or black neighborhood? Maybe that makes a difference. Me and my cousins are black and went to private school. My private school was Methodist, and my cousin went to a seventh day adventist school, but they were predominantly black schools in a black area. We had a lot of rules and had to wear uniforms, but our schools allowed the girls to wear those box braids and dreads because they understood that those braids are a style that's big in the Black American culture, and since it was a largely black student population they were more in tune and sensitive to the culture. White private schools are different with the hair rules because most of their students are white They don't have our type of hair so those schools probably aren't used to dealing with black hair or the styles that black girls wear. Maybe black families should consider this when considering private school and send their kids to predominantly black private school instead. Those schools are decent too, much better than the public schools. You have good teachers, smaller class sizes, and you won't have to be criticized about your braids or dreads. My private elementary school was nice, but I only went for two years and had to stop because my parents no longer could afford tuition.