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Dreadlocks at school??

Valentin the Jellyfish
@valentin-the-jellyfish
6 years ago
79 posts

RESIST!

Im pretty sure i read in my schools rule book somewhere "Hair must be brushed and clean"

but a few people at my school have dreads, but im the only going natural. i got randomly drug tested last week for soccer, i have never been high so i wasnt worried. But i think the dude that was testing my thought i was a huge stoner, with my long dreading hair and a shit that say "Big brother is watching you." hahaha


updated by @valentin-the-jellyfish: 07/23/15 07:41:21AM
Baba Fats
@baba-fats
6 years ago
2,730 posts

If you play a sport, it's not uncommon for kids to get drug tested. Don't chalk that up to having locks. They'd do that to anyone they think they have a reason to test. They can't do it to anyone in the school, but for sports it's a different story.

The~Wraith
@thewraith
6 years ago
7 posts

i have no idea how this will help your situation but i figured i would share lol

back when i was in highschool they once tried to tell me i couldnt wear a jacket that i had because basically it wasnt a prep jock prikhead jersy it was more of a biker meets alien battle suit thing..it was distracting, it was ugly and i supose if i wanted to i could have maimed a student with it however i wouldnt take it off and decided i would wear it daily from then on. i mean after all the short skirt prep girls were a pretty large distraction as well, and the roid rage jocks were just as dangerous( well ok maybe they were 2 stupid to be much a danger but ahwell) eventually they tried to expel me over that, so to really grind their gears i being white wore a shirt i printed up that said kill whitey and a black friend of mine came to school wearing swastikas they called us into the office to piss n moan at us a bit and order us to remove those shirts, so we did...i put on the swastika he put on kill whitey and we both went on a nice vacation lol...i guess my point is screw the school, screw conformity, screw authority....

Star Gryphon
@star-gryphon
6 years ago
190 posts

I'm wondering if enforcing hair styles as a part of a school dress code a new thing? I remember lots of people who I hung out with would be dying their hair all sorts of colors. That or huge spikes that were made with elmer's glue standing up all different directions on their heads. My hair didn't dread....but I went all senior year without using a brush on my hair once. It might be dependent on where you live but I've noticed a higher acceptance of visible tattoos and piercings that are allowed to be worn by employees. Unfortunately I'm out of touch with the current generation of high school students and what is the norm for dress code and how strict it is all being enforced. A lot has changed in the 12 years since I've graduated high school.

I say if you want to grow dreads...do it. Let them come in naturally. If they try and punish you for your hairstyle choices maybe see if you can get the media involved? If you are keeping your hair clean and washed, and over all good hygiene why should your hair in it's natural state be a distraction? How is it any different than someone who has super curly hair who may get just as much attention? How is one ok but not the other? It's discrimination.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
6 years ago
2,730 posts

It's been 7 years since I graduated high school. We never had a dress code. but from what I've been told, and researched myself, they would have to specifically state "no dreadlocks". And by doing that, they would be breaking the law. Some religions require locks. Or at least have locks as a cultural symbol. By denying locks as a rule, they would be committing religiousdiscrimination

The only thing I can imagine about locks being distracting is that they get frizzy and wild. A kids sitting behind you may not be able to see clearly around your head. But that goes for fro's too. You don't see "no afro's" written into the dress code.

Debbie Jones
@debbie-jones
5 years ago
1 posts

Hi, have read this post but wondered if there was any UK people here? I have a 14 yr old who wants his hair dreaded, a friend who can help me do that. However just wondering has anyone had any experience og dreads and UK school systems. School rules say no extreme hairstyles, however, researching I haven't found dreads mentioned in this, only shaved heads, or punk style colours, or mohawks.

Any advice?

Larra Juab
@larra-juab
5 years ago
76 posts

Before I had half of my head dreadlocked for about a month and 2 weeks and I always put up my straight hair and leave my dreads alone. I walk around the school with it and talk to teachers, but no teacher ever questioned me about my hair and I study in a Public School right now, and I'm still in HS. I think they just really go so strict when it comes to hair colors.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
5 years ago
2,730 posts

I'm not sure about the religious tolerance in the UK, but I'm pretty sure it's similar to the US. Because many people grow locks for spiritual reasons, and that they are mostassociatedwith Rasta, banning locks would be like telling a jew or muslim that they cannot wear their head covering. They can say "No extreme hairstyles". But legally they can't specifically say "No dreadlocks".

Kelly3
@kelly3
5 years ago
337 posts

How would they go about "forcing" you to do something? They can't legally touch you. Maybe they can try suspend you. If they do, you get a few days off. No big deal. If they try to further it, send a solicitors letter. That should stop them in their tracks.

@ Debbie Jones- Don't get his dreads "made". Let them grow. At the very most they could be TnR'd, but with the natural method they grow in over time and the school administrators wont even notice them happening.

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
5 years ago
28,191 posts

be careful how this freinds going to "help you" chances are good they will hurt not help

you should do it yourself if u tnr if not then go natural the natural way is the way protected under freedom of religion anyway

Debbie Jones said:

Hi, have read this post but wondered if there was any UK people here? I have a 14 yr old who wants his hair dreaded, a friend who can help me do that. However just wondering has anyone had any experience og dreads and UK school systems. School rules say no extreme hairstyles, however, researching I haven't found dreads mentioned in this, only shaved heads, or punk style colours, or mohawks.

Any advice?




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