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Long-Haired Boy Allowed Back in Pre-K

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The two-month battle is over ... for now. 

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We told you about 4-year-old Taylor Pugh, who was suspended from pre-kindergarten because of his long hair.

At Floyd Elementary School in Texas, boys' hair must be kept out of the eyes and cannot extend below the bottom of their earlobes or over the collar of a dress shirt. Since Taylor had long hair, he was forced to spend his days in the library, serving an in-school suspension since November.

But the hair dispute has finally been resolved ... with a little help from the French. French braids, that is.

Superintendent Linda Henrie said that Taylor could return to class with braids, as long as they were close to the head and didn't end in a ponytail or bun.

Taylor's mother, Liz Taylor, tried cornrows first, but they hurt Taylor's head. She told the Dallas Morning News she tried French braids next.

She said it took about an hour, but hopes it will go faster as she becomes more experienced.

Taylor's family still plans to appeal the Mesquite school board's refusal to give him a dress code exemption.

"I don't want this to happen to another child," she said.

What do you think about the school's decision?

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43 comments so far | Post a comment now
just cut it. January 20, 2010, 2:03 PM

Why don’t his parents just put him in a dress and then he can go as a girl because that’s what he looks like. I see a therapist in this kid future.

Hollie January 20, 2010, 3:51 PM

Last time I heard this story it said he was growing his hair out for Locks Of Love due to a family member having to go through chemo. In that case they should leave him alone. My uncle and cousins have donated numerous times in the past 10 years. The feel good doing it and they have great hair. I’m sure who ever recieves the wig appreciates it.

Susan January 20, 2010, 4:23 PM

This boy will not need therapy! He is growing his hair to donate for cancer patients. He will be a well adjusted man proud of his childhood fight for a good cause.

shelia January 20, 2010, 4:31 PM

The last thing we need is a generation of sissy boys. Our many enemies are not raising sissys. It is the golddarm women who are behind this.

Ben January 20, 2010, 4:59 PM

If this was a private school with a dress code like this, it would be one thing. But the fact that a public school is forcing these ridiculous rules on kids is asinine. The school district should focus more on education than what a student wants to look like.

Judy January 20, 2010, 5:00 PM

This is stupid. The longer style is what is in style for boys right now (think Leif Garret and the Hardy Boys from my era). It’s silly. Don’t they have more important things to worry about than this little boys hair? Seriously, what a waste. AND he is doing it for a good cause (not that it should matter why).

Lindsey January 20, 2010, 5:02 PM

This is ridiculus. Seriously, the superintendent at that school is pathetic. How is his hair distracting anyone. He should be allowed to wear his hair how ever he pleases. The girls get to do it why not him? I don’t think that there will be a therapist in this boys future because of his parents it will be due to the discrimination from his ‘supposed’ mentors and teachers. He is in pre-kindergarten, he is the age in which he starts learning his values and to be stomped on in the beginning by adults is confusing. I know that he will be taught about acceptance and how is that every going to work when hypocrites are teaching him. And to that I give that school a thumbs down.

Kidpinkers January 20, 2010, 5:11 PM

@Shelia and @justcutit:

Both of you are idiots and should quit life. This boy is doing something neither of you have probably done. Cancer patients need hair donated by people. This little boy is doing a fab job.

What makes boys sissies? People who parent like yourselves. You most likely abuse your child to make him “manlier”. Grow up!

rementec January 20, 2010, 5:11 PM

This decision was absolutely ridiculous and reflects the heteronormative attitude of most Americans. If he likes his long hair, what is wrong with that? I think it is offensive first off to assume that femininity is indicative of “Sissiness” and more importantly a child should not be persecuted. The school need to reform its policy; children need to have a better idea of societal pressures on gender identity. Idiots.

Diane January 20, 2010, 5:12 PM

If he is not directed to follow the rules now, there will be HELL to pay when that child gets older.

Bryson Gilreath January 20, 2010, 5:12 PM

Welcome to Texas guys. Having grown up here I can tell you that things like this are frequently an issue. While some of the more metropolitan areas are quite liberal and open minded, many areas, especially suburbs like Mesquite, tend to be extremely otherwise. While 4 is a pretty young age for kids to be making self-expressing style decision, it’s ridiculous to treat any child this way over their style of hair. The fact that his hair is being grown for Locks of Love makes the teachers, principals, and administration look simply ridiculous.

Disenchanted  January 20, 2010, 5:16 PM

Sheila, when you speak of “our many enemies” do you mean stupid, ignorant, uncultured morons like yourself? Are you still wondering where all the cowboys have gone?-

Taylor January 20, 2010, 5:24 PM

Hey, everyone wins, the schoolboard gets to feel important about maintaining their prehistoric values and everyone else gets to actually go on with their lives without more interference from a bunch of out of touch Neanderthals.

Anonymous January 20, 2010, 7:27 PM

i had long hair all my life.i know how he feels.if jesus was alive today.i wonder if they would kick him out of school.people should not be able to tell another parent how their child should wear there hair,johnnie holmes pensacola.florida

Becca January 20, 2010, 7:47 PM

It’s called freedom, people. Who is the school to dictate how boys wear their hair? Do they say that the girls can’t have hair shorter than their shoulders? And having long hair doesn’t make him a sissy. Grow up.

Carol Wyatt January 20, 2010, 9:07 PM

What’s sad is how much the young boy has had to endure at such a young age over something as trivial as this. Personally, I see nothing wrong with a boy having long hair. However, if it is part of a dress code to keep the hair out of their eyes, then keep it out of his eyes. The school has over reacted and treated this child very badly… And it’s preschool! It is rediculous and wrong. The school should pay for the therapy this boy will need later because of the stress and shame he endured in preK…over his hair!
A whole class (boys included) at my daughter’s school grew their hair and donated it to cancer victims to make wigs. It is a lovely gift.

walter January 20, 2010, 9:21 PM

What a bunch of anal retentive idiots. And if the girls do not have to abide by the same rule, this is a clear case of gender discrimination.

Dave January 21, 2010, 5:41 AM

Rules based upon sex are sexual discrimination and unconstitutional.

Why does this school board hate America and patriotic Americans?

Is it because of our freedom or our constitutional rights that they despise America so? Why don’t they just leave so that they can be happy in a place with lots of oppression and we patriotic Americans can be free.

Since our troops are fighting for freedom, clearly the Mesquite School board doesn’t support our troops in their struggle to preserve our freedom. Why do you hate our troops Mesquite school board?

Why is the Mesquite school board so unpatriotic, and un American?

just saying January 21, 2010, 7:24 AM

I agree that if the boy wants to wear his long then there shouldn’t be a problem with it. My own son (14) wears his hair to his shoulders and my daughter (9) donated her hair to LOL. My only problem with this is that this boy had to suffer in school because of this decision. The parents should have fought this through the school board while he was in prek and kept his hair short until the rule was revoke and then let him grow it out afterwards. Many rules in school are out of date and just plain stupid but we as parents must show are kids the right way to go about changing rules we don’t agree with and not stand our ground and in the pocess hurt our children to make a point. I would make this a teachable lesson for him just as they are making the donation a teachable lesson. This child is only 4 and he has plently of time to grow his hair and donate it.

J January 21, 2010, 9:17 AM

PLEASE - if the parents wanted him to go to school wearing a t-shirt that said SATAN would that be ok- Dress codes exist and we’ve all had to conform at times- that is part of living in society - Oviously these parents are raising a child who is going to have big problems later on!

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