Girl faces school expulsion over big hair

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An African-American girl says she may be expelled from her Florida private school if she doesn’t change her natural hair.
The student says school officials issued the ultimatum after the family complained about teasing from other kids.

Like her love for violin, Vanessa Vandyke’s hair defines her personality.
“It says that I’m unique.”

But for this private school student, it comes with a cost.
“First of all it’s puffy and I like it that way. And I know people will tease me about it because it’s not straight or anything. I don’t fit in.”

First came teasing from other students.
but now she says school leaders demand she cut and shape her natural hair or get kicked out.

“There have been bullies in the school. There have been people teasing her about her hair and it seems to me that they’re blaming her.”

Faith Christian Academy has a dress code and rules against how students can wear their hair.
the student handbook says hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction.

“A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another. You can gave a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?”

“I’m depressed about leaving my friends and people that I’ve known for a while. I would rather have that then the principals and administrators picking on me and saying that I should change my hair.”

“I’m going to fight for my daughter. If she wants her hair like that, she will keep her hair like that.”

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