Texas town causing uproar with new dreadlock controversy

A Texas high school student was told he’d receive in-school suspension due to the length of his dreadlocks.
1:38 | 01/24/20

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And next this evening, the uproar over hair. Two high school students have been told to cut their dreadlocks or risk suspension. Tonight, their parents say it's discrimination. And here's ABC's linsey Davis. Reporter: Two Texas teenagers are facing in-school suspensions and other disciplinary action tonight for refusing to cut their dreadlocks. 17-year-old Deandre Arnold and his 16-year-old cousin Kevin Bradford have both been warned about their hair. They attend barber's hill high school in Mon belvieu, 30 miles east of Houston, say it's the length. Their family is from Trinidad where dreadlocks are common. The district says if Arnold doesn't cut his hair, they won't allow him to walk in his upcoming graduation. This small Texas town is predominantly white and some have criticized the district's policy, calling it racially insensitive. But this school district says it's a long-standing dress code standard. We've had this policy since the inception of our district 90 years ago. This is the first instance of any accusation that our dress code is biased. Reporter: There was similar outrage in New Jersey, a little over a year ago, when this video circulated of a high school wrestler forced by a referee to have his dreadlocks cut before a match. New York, New Jersey and California have all passed legislation banning discrimination based on natural hairstyles. Graduation on the line in this case, David. Linsey, thank you.

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