On Your Side: Mom says 7-year-old son's haircut got him in trouble at school

Published: Feb. 1, 2016 at 2:41 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2016 at 9:31 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A mother is asking school officials to define acceptable hair styles after she said her 7-year-old son's haircut got him in trouble at school.

"He was like upset and he said I had to come get him out of school because he was being suspended. He was pulled out of class, saying that he had a design in his head but it really wasn't a design, it was a part," Keisha Rembert said.

Keisha Rembert said her son Rashaad Hunter is an honor roll student who doesn't get in trouble. He attends Greenwood Elementary School in Bessemer.

"He was walking with his head down, when I saw him he was like teary-eyed at first because he doesn't want to be suspended for no part in his head. I told him, 'Don't hold your head down...continue to make these A's and B's because that part is nothing,'" Rembert said.

"They need to notate or clarify what is a design? Spongebob, a part, a tennis shoe, whatever," Rembert said.

Bessemer City Schools Superintendent Dr. Fred Primm said it's hard to define an acceptable hairstyle in black and white in the school handbook. He said this is usually handled on a case by case basis.

WBRC sent Dr. Primm the student's picture so that he could look at it and provide Rashaad's mother some clarity.

"We allow small parts but not excessively long parts that are done as designs. That part in that young man's hair would be considered a design. The principal has decided not to suspend the child," Primm said.

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