School Board Keeps Ban On Boy's Long Hair

Pre-kindergartner Taylor Pugh has been under in-school suspension since November at Floyd Elementary School in Balch Springs near Dallas. He sits alone with a teacher's aid in the school library.

After a closed-door meeting Monday, the Mesquite school board decided Taylor could wear his hair braided but keep it no longer than his ears.

Taylor's mother, Elizabeth, plans to keep fighting. She says her son likes his hair long and braiding it would make his scalp bleed.

She says she'll take Taylor to school in a ponytail Tuesday, acknowledging it will keep him suspended.


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  • by Terri Location: TX on Jan 16, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    I'm not sure where everyone got the idea that this is a private school, but it's not. It's Mesquite ISD in Mesquite, Texas.
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Jan 16, 2010 at 04:58 PM
    This is a simple fix. Slap the school board with a reverse sexual discrimination lawsuit, unless girls are required to have short hair also. The schhol board will either drop the rule or drop some cash either way problem over.
  • by Kane on Jan 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM
    This whole episode is stupid on two counts. 1. Why would a school board still have and enforce a policy on the length of boys hair? 2. The mother's comment that if she were to braid his hair it would make his scalp blee was just as funny. If you draw blood, you're braiding to tight.
  • by James Location: New Bern on Jan 16, 2010 at 06:37 AM
    People I believe the issue here is if the government should have the right to control personal choice. This kids hair shouldn't distract other students from learning. It's just another way for government to control our lives. What's next a hair police, can't have hair less than 1/4", must be trimmed behind the ears, can't be over the ears. It's just crazy. I accept school uniforms, I think that's a good idea.... if not you'd have mini skirts, pants around the boys ankles, ect. We need to stop giving up all of our rights in this country. Your personal opinion shouldn't matter to the rights of this boy to have long hair, just as my opinion that you should't drive a yellow car or listen to rap music doesn't matter. We're slowly losing our individual rights. Wise up.
  • by Wow...seriously? on Jan 15, 2010 at 10:29 PM
    Oh honestly! Just cut off the boy's hair or let him be in the classroom. You're doing nothing but ruining his education and keeping him from his friends. This child shouldn't be the one punished for this. This has no relation to how Jesus used to look. NOBODY knows how Jesus looked. This is about a young boy, only 4 years old, being punished. And I hope the school board knows that it's not punishment unless he knows he's being punished.
  • by lena Location: washington on Jan 15, 2010 at 03:46 PM
    to: us citizen for now What does your Jesus look like? Mine is black with wooly hair and golden/bronze feet. Most depictions are of a white male in a robe/dress with long flowing hair. Is He shameful too? Is this not feminine? What's the deal bible thumper?
  • by C on Jan 15, 2010 at 02:38 PM
    I don't think the kid should be suspended for something his parents are actually responsible for. Having said that,I also think boys should look like BOYS..not girls. God help my son if he tries to grow out his hair like that or ever comes home with an earring [which is also something only girls should have]. I'd probably ship him off to the Marine Corps!
  • by Kat on Jan 15, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    For these bible thumper's, I am pretty sure that the last image of Jesus Christ I saw had long hair. If you want to try and claim that is a beard by all means go ahead (I think that pretty much kills the bible against long hair theory). The kid is four, and having long hair has absolutely nothing to do with religion. This should not even be an issue. I would fight the board until they changed it, because nobody should be able to dictate how I or anyone else wears their hair.
  • by jamie16 Location: Williamston on Jan 15, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    This is why a lot of kids don't know how to follow rules. I do think putting the kid in isolation is a tad bit cruel.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Jan 15, 2010 at 07:14 AM
    "Brooke" I certainly wouldn't tell you to cut it, but I definitely would not be intimidated by anyone in any way that would keep me from passing my opinion of long hair, saying what woman haired boys look like or declaring that feminizing boys is a shame. I bet his name is puddin'. You say you'd dare someone to tell you to cut, I would dare anyone to tell me not to say what I want to say....hmmmm....I guess we would just be at an impasse. Boys should be boys and look like boys. Girls should be girls and look like girls.
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