Students with twists admitted at high school

The chickens came home to roost Thursday when the St. Landry Parish School Board again realized it had no parish-wide policy for student hairstyles.

Several boys were turned away at Eunice High, told they could not attend with their hair in twists - a popular styling among African-American kids, and sometimes referred to as dreadlocks.

On Friday, after an appeal discussion at the school including Supt. Michael Nassif, the students were allowed back at school since their hair meets previously allowed standards.

The board in February asked the administration to have a uniform policy manual ready for consideration before the current school year began.

It now appears that might get done by year’s end. Meanwhile such things as hair style remain a school-to-school issue.

Hair length is included in the parish dress code, and several other students weren’t allowed in at Eunice because theirs was too long.

But style of the do is not addressed.

Board member Scott Richard was clearly flummoxed Thursday.

He has pushed, prodded and pulled at the administration for months regarding a policy manual.

Asst. Supt. Joseph Cassimere told him Oct. 27 is the tentative date for an executive committee review.

Board member Josie Frank was incensed at the glacial pace in getting a policy proposal together.

Saying there clearly has been no hurry to draft policy, she asked, “What’s the hurry to keep these kids out?”

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