Race Matters: Eighth-Grade Student Sent To Principal’s Office Because Her Natural Hair Was ‘Too Poofy And Unprofessional’

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Student Sent To Principal’s Office Because Her Natural Hair Was Too Poofy

A young girl at a Toronto middle school was sent to the principal’s office because her natural hair was seen as “too poofy and unprofessional” to be worn in the class according to Huffington Post.

Kaysie Quansah wrote that her niece was “was reduced to tears” in the principal’s office. City News spoke with Quansah’s sister, Teresa, who explained that principal Tracey Barnes, a black woman, called her to tell her that her thirteen-year-old daughter’s hair was “too poofy” and “unprofessional.” She said the principal went on to add that she would have to stay in the office if she returned to school with her hair down. Normally, the eighth-grader wears her hair in braids or pulled back, according to her mom. Teresa said her daughter had been repeatedly chastised by the principal before this recent incident.

“I didn’t see what the big deal was about my hair because it wasn’t bothering anybody,” the young girl told City News. “I was just doing my work, so I didn’t see why I had to be pulled out of the class.”

Ryan Bird, communications officer for Toronto District School Board, sent HuffPost a statement that said he could not go into the details of the story for privacy reasons, “but we are aware that the principal spoke with a student about their hair last week.”

“The school and superintendent are following up with the family to address any concerns they may have,” he added. “Hair is not covered by the TDSB or school’s dress code.”

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