- Farouk James, the son of a Ghanaian man has been refused admission into two UK schools because of his long natural hair
- The 8-year-old boy's mother, Bonnie Miller, was denied admittance for her son because of the schools' long-standing policies against long hair
- Bonnie Miller, who considers the policies discriminatory has been fighting to have the policies changed
Farouk James, an 8-year-old toddler with Ghanaian origin, has been denied admission by several schools owing to his long hair
James’ mother, Bonnie Miller of the UK, has been fighting for the policy to be altered.
Miller has been searching for a school for her son and two found so far won’t allow him because of his long, natural hair.
Legit.ng gathers that one of those schools is The London Oratory School, the same school her 23-year-old first son attended.
Bonnie Miller told CBS News that she knew about their schools’ hair policies while disclosing that she had the same setback with her older son 10 years ago.
She thought after years passed, their strict policies might have changed but she found out they didn't and Farouk's long hair violated the school's policy too.
James’ father is a Ghanaian and his hair was left to grow because of his cultural reasons until he turned 3 years.
"At that point he was attached, and so be honest, with his beautiful hair we just kept the hair," Miller said.
She allowed her son to continue to grow his hair, not thinking much about it until it came to applying for secondary schools.
Currently, Miller’s school choices for her son seem out of the question because of his hair.
The distraught mother finds it surprising that most of the school denying her son access are Christian schools.
Miller said she thought about sending Farouk to COED schools, but realised they have strict hair policies as well.
Her current setbacks had her talk about greater issues regarding stereotyping non-gender, gender-neutral and trans people.
She wondered if they would also be forced to cut their hair a certain way, based on the school's policies for the gender they were assigned at birth.
Miller quizzed about who decides what's feminine and what's masculine while noting that she'll "register James as nonbinary, and see what the school has to say then."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Barbers Hill Independent School in Texas, United States, mandated one of its students to cut his dreadlocks, otherwise, he would not be able to walk in his graduation ceremony.
The boy, Deandre Arnold, was suspended by the school board after he refused to cut his hair because of his Trinidadian background.
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