Skip to content
Black Texas student receives additional suspension for local hairdressing as parents consider legal action



A black Texas high school student who was suspended because his local hairstyle violated the district’s dress code was suspended again when he returned to school Monday, an attorney for the family told CNN.

Darryl George has been suspended for more than two weeks because his local hairdresser violates the Barbers Hill Independent School District’s dress and grooming code, according to his family.
The code states that “the hair of male students shall not extend below the eyebrows or earlobes at any time,” CNN previously reported.

Allie Booker, an attorney representing the family, told CNN on Tuesday that school officials had asked George and his mother to meet to discuss ongoing disciplinary action over his hairstyle violations.

The family was given until Wednesday to meet with school officials, the attorney said.

“What I expect from them is to put him out of school,” Booker told CNN. “But they won’t do it with our consent.”

The family had already been told the teen would be placed in an alternative education disciplinary program, also known as an alternative school, if he did not cut his hair, Booker said.

In a statement shared with CNN, David Bloom, director of communications for the Barbers Hill Independent School District, said the district was “unable to provide any comment regarding disciplinary matters involving any student.”

George, a student at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, received several disciplinary action notes and was suspended from school for wearing his local hairstyle in a ponytail, his mother, Darresha George, told CNN.

She said Darryl was suspended the same week the state’s CROWN Act, a law prohibiting discrimination based on hair texture or protective hairstyle such as dreadlocks and braids, took effect.

His mother told CNN the family is considering legal action.

She also said that school officials told George that his local hairstyle violated the district’s dress code, which also states: “The hair of male students should not exceed the top of the collar of a t -shirt nor be gathered or worn in a style that would allow hair to spread. extend under the top of a t-shirt collar, under the eyebrows, or under the earlobes when pulled down.

George was initially reprimanded by a school official for his nippers and wearing frayed jeans, which are also banned.

His mother previously told CNN that the school told the 17-year-old he could change his clothes but would also have to cut his hair.
Because the teen didn’t cut his hair, he was suspended from school.