Vanessa VanDyke has amazing hair. Point blank.  But it’s her hair that may cause her to get expelled from school. Faith Christian Academy in Orlando told the 12-year-old that she has a week to decide if she’s going to cut her hair, straighten it, or get kicked out.

Vanessa has attended Faith Christian Academy since she was in the third grade, but the school’s s code has rules against how students can wear their hair. The handbook reads: “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” and goes on to state examples that include, but are not limited to, mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails.

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The distraction that the school is probably referring to when it speaks of Vanessa’s hair has to do with bullying and teasing.

From Local 10 News Orlando:

“A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another,” said VanDyke’s mother, Sabrina Kent. “You can have a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?”

VanDyke said she’s had her large, natural hair all year long, but it only became an issue after the family complained about students teasing her about her hair.

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

“I’m depressed about leaving my friends and people that I’ve known for a while, but I’d rather have that than the principals and administrators picking on me and saying that I should change my hair,” said VanDyke.

So instead of Faith Christian Academy doing something about the bullies, they’re going to reprimand a 12-year-old because of her hair?

“I’m going to fight for my daughter,” Kent said. “If she wants her hair like that, she will keep her hair like that. There are people out there who may think that natural hair is not appropriate. She is beautiful the way she is.”

Faith Christian Academy, you get the gas face. The distraction in your school are the bullies, not this little girl’s hair.


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  • CommonSense

    This is the most ridiculous crap!!!!! Her natural hair is beautiful and they should be ashamed of themselves for asking her to change it! What kind of Christians are they? I can’t stand Christians!!

  • Me27

    This is asinine. A girl comes to you and tells you she is being bullied and instead of addressing the bullying, you blame her for being bullied and tell her to conform. (1) she shouldn’t have to change her hair. (2) Even if she does change her hair, that won’t resolve the issue; the bullies will think that they’ve won and just find something else to bully her about.

  • JM

    This is why I don’t trust Christian institutions and frankly many Christians. They are hypocrites. They preach one thing and turn around and attack people for being different who don’t conform to their antiquated ideas about what God wants. You think Jesus would actually care about this girl’s hair? Didn’t Jesus say come as you are hypocrites?

  • alexander-BR

    (1 Corinthians 11:15) But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

    as we can see, her directors, need to know and obey the scriptures!

  • Wow, just wow. This is beyond disappointing. This is just…wow. That is a Christian environment where students can go and feel safe about who they are and yet they persecute a girl for the ways she looks. The way that God made her! That is not ok.