A teenager was sent home from school after the headteacher ruled she was the wrong race to have a braided hairstyle. Olivia Acton, 13, was told she could not join her classmates at Middleton Technology College because her tightly plaited hair was too 'extreme' for the strict uniform policy. 

However, two other pupils at the school who have an Afro-Caribbean background are allowed to attend the school with similar hairstyles because it reflects their cultural heritage. Olivia's father, Michael, says the school's rule is discriminatory and should be changed. But the school insists the uniform policy is an important way of maintaining standards and ensuring all youngsters are a part of the school community...

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Do you think it`s okay for black children to wear cornrows to a strict private school, but not white people because it`s not part of their culture?
A teenager was sent home from school after the headteacher ruled she was the wrong race to have a braided hairstyle. Olivia Acton, 13, was told she could not join her classmates at Middleton Technology College because her tightly plaited hair was too `extreme` for the strict uniform policy.

However, two other pupils at the school who have an Afro-Caribbean background are allowed to attend the school with similar hairstyles because it reflects their cultural heritage. Olivia`s father, Michael, says the school`s rule is discriminatory and should be changed. But the school insists the uniform policy is an important way of maintaining standards and ensuring all youngsters are a part of the school community...

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17 yrs ago - Monday 5/2/05 - 3:53:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
Whatever, that's crap.

Cornrows look good on MOST everyone I think.

It shouldn't matter.

17 yrs ago - Monday 5/2/05 - 3:53:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
no its just a hairstyle, anyone should be able to wear them
17 yrs ago - Monday 5/2/05 - 4:02:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's ridiculous. What if the teacher had sent a black girl home for wearing her naturally curly hair straight? Rules like that should apply equally to all races.
17 yrs ago - Monday 5/2/05 - 4:07:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
That is such crap. It's amazing how people want equality but they cry like someone pissed in their cheerios as soon as someone else asks for a little bit of equality.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/27/05 - 12:00:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
This really makes me mad....in fact, so mad, I'm not even going to start talking about it, for fear of really pissing people off.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/27/05 - 12:05:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
It is discriminatory and she should be permitted to wear it. But let's be really honest...it looks awful on white girls, they can't carry it off. Whereas it looks fantastic on African girls. This is just a fact of life. White girls shouldn't cornrow.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/27/05 - 12:11:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
They didnt look bad on Bo Derick
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/27/05 - 12:12:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah they did.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/27/05 - 12:21:15 AM EST (GMT-5)

17 yrs ago - Friday 5/27/05 - 12:21:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah you are right, she looked better without them.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/27/05 - 1:23:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
It is discrimination.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/27/05 - 1:27:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
Ya know that is crap. Its freakin hair. Who gives a crap. Its on your head. Who cares how you style it. I mean thats like saying black people arent aloud to sing Country because it was American song type first or something.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/27/05 - 1:31:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
It does sound like discrimination, but I think cornrows look better on blacks than whites.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/27/05 - 1:35:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
Its the same as saying black people are not allowed to relax their hair if they want to.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/27/05 - 5:31:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
I personally find cornrows quite unattractive, but see no reason to forbid anyone from wearing them regardless of their race...
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/27/05 - 7:04:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 5/27/2005 12:00:55 AM verusluna wrote:
This really makes me mad....in fact, so mad, I'm not even going to start talking about it, for fear of really pissing people off.

ditto.

17 yrs ago - Friday 5/27/05 - 7:07:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
it's ok i guess, but it looks weird.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 7/30/05 - 1:45:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's racial discrimination -- the school won't win it's case based upon the fact that some other female students are allowed to wear them. They either have to allow everybody, or nobody.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 7/30/05 - 1:46:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Shave all their noggins, and these problems will be eliminated.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/4/05 - 3:52:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
Personally, I think just being seen in public with that awful hairdo is punishment enough for the girl! But that's just me.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 8/6/05 - 9:01:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
that happened in my school...i had blue and black braids in - oh how i loved them! and the teachers were fine with it. my white friend had blonde hair extensions and they told her to take them out!
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 8/14/05 - 6:55:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
I also think it is racial discrimmination. We all borrow in some ways things from other cultures. That's why we are who we are today. Why not let whites have cornrows? Hair is hair, and you can wear your hair any style you want and it won't make a difference. The school will get drubbed in court, and it should be.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/19/05 - 9:36:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think thats rather stupid.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/20/05 - 4:47:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^exactly

white people are allowed to have cornrows!!!

16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/7/06 - 12:33:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's just hair!

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