By: Krystle Crossman
Coronado Middle School in Plainview, Texas is in hot water after an administrator decided that a student’s haircut could be interpreted as “gang-related” and thought that coloring on his head with marker was the appropriate solution. The student, Kobi, came home and showed his mother. She is now demanding a letter of apology from the school but they aren’t budging.
Kobi has had a unique haircut for around five months now. The sides of his head is shaved down to a buzz cut, it is a little longer on top, and there is a line that is shaved completely down the scalp that is made to look like a part in the hair. It is a growing trend and Kobi loved it. The assistant principal however stated that the haircut was a distraction and could be mistaken as a gang-related haircut. They took a black marker and colored in the shaved line without asking his mother or even talking to her about it first. She was outraged but the school did not seem to think that this was a big deal.
During a school board meeting for the Plainview Independent School District the Executive Director of Administrative Services referenced their student handbook. He did not mention Kobi’s specific incident due to confidentiality reasons but stated that the handbook clearly said that there were not allowed to be any shapes, letters, or numbers shaved into a student’s hair. He claimed that this line that Kobi had shaved into his head fell into that category and so Kobi was breaking the dress code. This still does not give the administrator and the teachers the right to color on a child’s head. His mother said that he wears khakis and a dress shirt to school every day and for them to make the assumption that his haircut is gang-related goes too far. She wants an apology from the school but is not getting one.
The school told Kobi’s mother that since he was breaking the dress code he could be punished for it according to their rules. They are giving him six months to grow his hair out so he does not have the shaved line in his hair anymore. The administrators told his mother that if he grows his hair out he will not have to get it colored in again.