Cornrows, school uniform and discrimination

The Evening Standard reports that a 12-year-old boy has been put in isolation after his school, Eastwood Academy in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, deemed that his cornrows were an “extreme haircut” and told him that he cannot return to class until he has his hair cut in a regulation style. His mother, Ms Selina Byatt, said that because her son “is dual-heritage and has afro hair” his options for keeping his hair tidy are limited – and pointed out that a picture of a girl with the same hairstyle was featured on the school’s website.  Continue reading