A Black Texas high school student has been suspended for more than a week because his loc hairstyle violated the district’s dress code, his mother said.
She said Darryl was suspended the same week the state’s CROWN Act, a law prohibiting discrimination based on one’s hair texture or protective hairstyle such as locs and braids, went into effect.
The school and the Barbers Hill Independent School District did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment.
A district spokesperson told CNN affiliate KTRK that the hair length rule doesn’t conflict with the CROWN Act.
“He’s very anxious, very aggravated right now because he keeps getting punished for something that’s irrelevant to his education,” she said.
In May, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the state’s CROWN Act.
Two dozen states have enacted versions of a CROWN Act, according to the Economic Policy Institute. »