Phoenix, Ariz. — So addled over a altercation about a hairstyle, a Valley mother withdrew her son from a Phoenix school.
Brittany Anderson told ABC15 she withdrew her 12-year-old son, Nasir, from Teleos Preparatory Academy on Wednesday. This comes afterwards Brittany says the academy alleged to say her son's hairstyle abandoned the dress cipher as he had braids.
"If the beard is maintained, what's the problem?" Anderson asked. "It's not like it's befitting him from learning."
Teleos is a accessible allotment academy amid abreast 14th and Jefferson Streets. ABC15 looked at the school's ancestors handbook, which spells out expectations for boys on folio 49. It reads:
"No baldheaded heads, Mohawks, rat's tails, pony tails, or braids."
Anderson accepted she had not apparent that allocation back showed it by an ABC15 reporter, but insists there is a bigger issue, claiming her son had braids in his beard for several months after issue.
"If (the school) would accept acicular that out to me beforehand in the year, again I would accept nipped it in the bud and not let him abound his beard out," Anderson said. "But because you're aloof cogent me this is the new year, the academy year is about over and you appetite me to cut his hair? I'm not activity to do it."
Anderson says she wants to accelerate a bulletin about what she considers as austere guidelines for students' hair.
"I'm arduous this handbook," she said. "Everything abroad I'm altogether fine. Attendance, call-ins, compatible policy...that's all able-bodied and said, but you're not activity to behest how my son can abrasion his hair."
Great Hearts Academies, which Teleos is allotment of, appear the afterward statement:
"As is the case with abounding accessible schools in Arizona, Abundant Hearts has a dress cipher action for all of our academies. We are cellophane about this action and it is acutely declared in the Ancestors Handbook, which is provided to parents to analysis and assurance afore their adolescent starts academy with us. We booty abundant affliction in adequately and consistently advancement our behavior for all students. We accept parents accept a best about area their accouchement appear school, and some may not accede with our dress cipher policy, which is absolutely their right. We're apologetic to see this ancestors leave the Teleos Prep community, but we absolutely account their accommodation to do so."
Anderson told ABC15 she has back enrolled her son in addition school.
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