It’s one thing for mainstream media to question your textured hair, but what happens when it’s your principal telling you that your natural hair is not acceptable? That’s what happened earlier this month to Tayjah Deleveaux, a student at CR Walker in the Bahamas. Her principal told her that her hair was “untidy, ungroomed, unkempt and looked like it has been uncombed for days.”
Though the school denies it, Deleveaux and other students have also alleged they were suspended or threatened expulsion if they didn’t straighten out their hair. Either way, #BlackTwittter and social media hit back in support of the girls with a #supportthepuff hashtag campaign.
After Deleveaux’s mother first shared her outrage with the principal on Facebook, an ad hoc campaign went viral with tweets and posts showcasing the beauty, power and need for naturally textured women and girls to love their hair. Now This media also shared a video Tuesday that has amassed over 1 million views in the past two days.
These girls were suspended from school because their natural hair looked “unkempt”
Posted by NowThis on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
An online natural hair petition was also created in support of the students.
The country’s ministry of education has since responded to uproar, saying, “We are fully cognisant of the sensitivity of this matter and are confident that after review with the school administrator, the school board and the individuals involved, the matter will be amicably resolved.”
— a girl is no one (@zelika_ismail) February 17, 2016
— SharonTurner (@According2MeSDT) February 15, 2016
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