Chanise Benson, a 13-year-old from England, was sent home from school for wearing what have been described as long white dreadlocks (but actually appear to be braids) making her father furious over what he saw as “double standards.” He points out that a classmate of his daughter’s, who is of Jamaican descent, is allowed to wear the hairstyle at school. The 39-year-old Darren Benson says he spent £140 (about $170) to get his daughter the look for her sister’s birthday. “One of her friends at the school, who has Jamaican heritage, has the same style of hair cut but with a red stripe in it rather than white and she has been allowed to remain.”
Benson sees his daughter’s punishment as a form of “racism against their own,” claiming that his daughter was being singled out for being white. He added, “I’ve read the policy regarding haircuts and I can’t see what rule she has broken.” The school’s policy states that “extreme, unnatural hairstyles or coloring” are not allowed and that “what is and is not acceptable will be decided by the school in line with this policy and the school’s decision is final.” Benson contacted the North Yorkshire County Council to settle the argument, but was advised to deal with his daughter’s school directly. He remained adamant that his daughter would keep her braids when she returns to school on Monday, after the half-term break. When reached for comment by The Sun, a spokesperson for the George Pindar School said, “It is the first time I have heard about the matter and obviously, with it being half-term, there is no way I can get the full background details about the matter.”
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