Texas School Board Keeps Ban on 4-Year-Old Boy’s Long Hair

January 12, 2010 - 10:59 AM
A Texas school board has agreed to adjust its grooming policy for a 4-year-old boy whose long, flowing hair got him suspended. But his parents say it isn't enough.
Mesquite, Texas (AP) - A Texas school board has agreed to adjust its grooming policy for a 4-year-old boy whose long, flowing hair got him suspended. But his parents say it isn't enough.
 
Pre-kindergartner Taylor Pugh has been under in-school suspension since November at Floyd Elementary School in Balch Springs near Dallas. He sits alone with a teacher's aid in the school library.
 
After a closed-door meeting Monday, the Mesquite school board decided Taylor could wear his hair in tight braids but keep it no longer than his ears.
 
His parents plan to appeal. Taylor's mother, Elizabeth, says her son likes his hair long and braids would make his scalp bleed.
 
She says she'll take Taylor to school in a ponytail Tuesday, acknowledging it will keep him suspended.