She still has to style her hair according to school guidelines.

Earlier this week, 12-year-old Vanessa VanDyke, was threatened with expulsion from her private school unless she made changes to her hair. According to Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Fl., Vanessa’s hair was considered a “distraction”.  Although Vanessa and her parents complained to school administrators about the bullying the pre-teen was receiving because of her hair, Vanessa seemed to be the one who had to change.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that the school is not going to expel Vanessa, but she still must abide by school’s policy of styling.

Faith Christian Academy released a statement to a local news outlet:

“We’re not asking her to put products in her hair or cut her hair.” However, they’re by no means accepting her current look, either. “We’re asking her to style her hair within the guidelines according to the school handbook,” the statement said.

Vanessa and her parents said they would use the Thanksgiving break to figure out what their next steps are in regards to her styling options.


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  • NappturallyFabulous

    This girl is an HONOR student, and all they can do is trip about her hair? I say they need to leave her alone. There’s nothing wrong with it. If that school is as “Christian” as it claims then they should be accepting her as God made her! Sounds to me like some of the kids are taunting her because they are jealous that her hair is both long AND natural, and let’s face it a lot of us usually don’t wind up with both.