A Texas boy was sent home from school because his long brown hair reached past his shoulders.
Registering her protest, Oates told Houston Chronicle she would not cut her son's hair despite him being barred from the school.
Yesterday, the mother posted a Facebook live of her meeting with the assistant superintendent, which now has over 3,000 Views.
According to the outlet, Barbers Hill school has a strict dress code, which includes stipulations about hair length. But on Friday, she was told that her son Jabez had violated the dress code because his hair was "too long".
'(Also) I don't believe that short hair should be required to get an education'. "It's part of my child". We are Cocopah Indian and that was the documentation that I was going to provide for the reason for my son's long hair.
The four-year-old's mother now plans to address the Barber's Hill Independent School District board on September 1 in order to plead her case on behalf of her son, the Houston Chronicle reported. No longer allowed in class because of the length of his hair.
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Oates even attempted to put the child's hair back into a bun, but the school didn't approve.
A furious Oates told the news station she refused to go through with the school's orders, citing that her son's long hair is "a part of who he is" as a person.
"I feel like my son is owed the same education that all other children in this school district have", she said.
The Barbers Hill School District said in a statement that it would not change its rule. Back in April, a 6th grade boy was told he needed to fix the way his hair was cut - two shaved lines on the side of his head - or face in-school suspension.
In a statement sent to WDSU News, the Barbers Hill Independent School District said the following: "Our local elected board has established policy based on community expectations, and Barbers Hill Administration will continue to implement the said policy".
"This is gender discrimination and sexist", she told reporters of the policy.
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