Kindergartner’s haircut leads to civil rights complaint

Original article appeared in the Washington Times.

By Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A legal advocacy group has brought a federal civil rights complaint on behalf of a San Francisco Bay area boy who was allegedly kicked out of his parochial school kindergarten class because of his hair style.

The San Jose Mercury News reports the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights alleges racial discrimination against 5-year-old Jalyn Broussard in the complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education last week.

The boy’s mother, Mariana Broussard, says the principal of Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Belmont, California summoned her to take her son home in December because his new “fade” haircut – short on the sides and long on top – might distract other pupils.

Archdiocese of San Francisco spokesman Larry Kramer told the newspaper that officials have not seen the complaint, but that school policies on acceptable hairstyles are very clear.