Parents sue Texas school district after school officials reportedly colored in black child’s haircut with permanent black marker

A Texas family is suing a local school district, alleging that teachers colored in their son’s haircut design with a black permanent marker.

The family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Pearland Independent School District after administrators reportedly colored in a 13-year-old boy’s fade haircut.

The suit accuses three white school officials — including the school principal — of racial discrimination, insisting that educators laughed as they filled in the fading on the child’s haircut during an April incident that took place at Berry Miller Junior High School in Pearland, Texas.

The school insisted that the child’s fade-style hair design violated the school district’s dress code policy and sent him to the school office. There, the child was reportedly presented with two different options: to either color his head with black permanent marker, or take an in-school suspension.

A portion of the lawsuit states, “The haircut did not depict anything violent, gang-related, obscene, or otherwise offensive or inappropriate in any manner. [The child] did not believe the haircut violated any school policy.”

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