dreadsDeborah Brown Community School is one student short for the remainder of the school year.

Terrance Parker said the school hassled him and didn’t leave him a choice. Parker said he yanked his 7-year-old daughter, Tiana, out of classes because of a disagreement that left her in tears.

Parker, who’s a barber, said school officials at Deborah Brown told him Tiana’s hair didn’t look presentable.

“She’s always presentable. I take pride in my kids looking nice,” said Parker.

The charter school has its own set of rules. While no one at the school agreed to speak with us on camera, administrator, Millard Jones told FOX23 that Terrance Parker was fully aware what was expected. However, for his young daughter, it just hurts.

“They didn’t like my dreads,” said Tiana.

FoX23 reviewed the school’s dress code. It states, “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”

The school feels that could distract from the respectful and serious atmosphere it strives for.

“She went to the school last year and didn’t have any problems,” said Parker.

Parker said her hair looked the same.

“It hurt my feelings to the core,” said Parker.

“I think that they should let me have my dreads,” said Tiana.

Tiana, a straight A student, wears a different school uniform now, but the same hair style, which looks perfectly fine according to her new school.


Here is a photo of the founding director, Deborah Brown. God forbid someone tells her that her “Natural” hair is a fad. Or maybe it’s a wig.






  1. one good thing that has come of this is that she sees her father will defend her to the end showing her that there is nothing wrong with her, she may not see that now but that is a definitely a great foundation for when she grows to be a woman and anyone dares to make her feel any less than she is. The fact that it even happened is heartbreaking but it definitely warmed my heart to see that part

  2. GlowBelle

    We tell our kids to watch out for the bullies in school and here we have adults being the real bullies. This girl is seven years old and they’ve got her crying over what? Her hair. So stupid and uncalled for. My heart aches for her, as there is absolutely nothing wrong with her hair. They look like braids/twists to me and with a cute little bow. How is this distracting??? This self and hair hate cycle needs to stop as we are scarring the children now who don’t know any better. I mean I thought we were supposed to be teaching the babies to do better than us, now we’re teaching them to hate themselves? Terrible.

    I’m super glad her father is looking out for her and took her out of that crazy school, and that the girl is still wearing her hair the way SHE wants to wear it.

  3. Gell0h0h

    My locs are not a faddish (is that even a word) style. Lady bye!

  4. Joan

    She’s better off not going to that school.

  5. The Artist

    As always, rules to keep the people of color away..Smh. I’m certainly happy to see the out pour of support, surrounding Tiana.

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