- A Texas grandmother has reported discriminatory activities against her grandson on his first day in school
- Randi Woodley was given three options regarding her grandson, Michael Trimble's long hair
- Woodley was told to either cut it, braid and pin it up or put her grandson in a dress
While most young students who turn up on their first day in school look forward to a welcoming reception, 4-year-old Michael Trimble's first day experience was characterized by discrimination from the schools’ superintendent.
Trimble’s grandmother, Randi Woodley, reports that her grandson’s first day at the Tatum Primary School was met with discriminatory practices when she was asked to visit the principal’s office regarding her grandson.
She disclosed that she was told her grandson's hair was too long and reveals the superintendent gave her three options to either cut it, braid and pin it up or put her grandson in a dress and send him to school and when promoted, Trimble must say that he’s a girl.
Randi Woodley said the discrimination starts in the school's district’s dress code which stipulates hair should not ''extend past the top of a t-shirt collar’ and male students are not to have ‘ponytails, ducktails, rat-tails, male buns or puff balls''.
Other parents became upset about the incident after Trimble’s grandmother reported it.
On Monday, September 12, 2019, parents supported Woodley at a Tatum Independent School District board meeting, holding signs that included messages like, ''I stand with Tink'' which is the little boy’s nickname.
A petition titled ''The Civil Rights Violation of a Four Year Old Africa-America Tatum, Texas Boy'', which was started in honour of Tink has already garnered over 7,460 signatures.
CNN reports that Trimble's grandmother's fight has earned the backing of an Atlanta non-profit group, the National Oder National Human Rights Organization.
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