A SECOND teenager at a school in Texas has been suspended and told to cut his dreadlocks, his mum has said.
Kaden Bradford, a student at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas, has been told he cannot return to class until his dreadlocks are removed, NBC News reported.
The 16 year old’s cousin, De’Andre Arnold, who also has dreadlocks, hit headlines last week after it was revealed that the school had told him he would not be allowed to attend classes or walk at his graduation unless he cut his hair.
Barbers Hill High School has said the boys’ hairstyles contravene school’s dress code.
Kaden’s mother, Cindy Bradford, and De’Andre’s mother, Sandy Arnold have said that neither of the boys will cut their hair.
Bradford described the school policy as racist.
Defending the policy, superintendent Greg Poole told CNN the entire situation was false.
“People want to call us racist, but we’re following the rules, the law of the land,” he said.
Senator Cory Booker has shared his support for the two teenagers.
Last year the Democrat introduced the first ever bill to prohibit hair discrimination at a federal level. The Crown Act (Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair) had already passed in several US states.
Booker, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential candidate race earlier this month, tweeted: “I stand with Deandre and Kaden. Natural hair like dreadlocks is a reflection of culture & heritage. No one should be punished for expressing who they are. The CROWN Act would end this—hair discrimination is discrimination against black people.”
Actress Gabrielle Union is also among the high profile figures who have demonstrated public support for De’Andre.
She tweeted: “The policing, criticism, and all other forms of bulls*** ass commentary about our hair… Keep fighting! They truly believe if you stay quiet, they’ve won. Don’t be quiet. Do not let this stand.”