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A Black student’s family sues Texas officials over his suspension for his hairstyle

  • The family of a Black high school student in Texas has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state's governor and attorney general, alleging they failed to enforce a new law outlawing discrimination based on hairstyles. The student's dreadlocks are claimed to violate the district's dress code, but his family and attorney argue that his hairstyle is neatly tied and does not violate any rules.
  • The ongoing suspension of the student by the Barbers Hill Independent School District is believed to violate the state's CROWN Act, a law protecting hairstyles. Supporters argue that the dress code policy disproportionately affects Black males. The family is seeking a temporary restraining order to end the student's suspension.
  • Barbers Hill Independent School District previously faced legal action from two other Black male students who were told to cut their dreadlocks. A federal judge ruled that the district's hair policy was discriminatory. State Rep. Rhetta Bowers stated that the student's hairstyle is protected by the new law, calling on the school district to end the suspension.
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