It’s usually up to the parents to decide how to style their son’s hair at a young age. While most adults opt for short haircuts for their sons, some opt to grow their little boy’s hair to longer lengths. Ursula Martin of Hockley, Texas, chose the latter and she is paying the consequences.

Her 5 year-old son’s long hair, which she views as a religious statement, is preventing him from being enrolled into Roberts Road Elementary. The school employs a dress code which doesn’t allow for a boy’s hair to grow longer than his shirt collar.

Martin said:

“He doesn’t feel like he should have to cut his hair to go to school. And I don’t understand — what does the length of his hair have to do with him being educated?”

The Waller Independent School District, which Roberts Road Elementary school is a part of, isn’t budging. They released the following statement:

“The principal of each campus shall apply the grooming code and make all final decisions regarding what is acceptable and appropriate, considering the age and activities of the students.Guidelines and administrative decisions regarding appropriate dress will reflect concern for health and safety of students and the influence of specific dress or grooming on the overall educational climate of the school.”

What are your thoughts on the issue, Clutchettes? Should Ursula Martin concede to the dress code, if she wants her son to attend Roberts Road Elementary school?


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  • TS

    The whole thing is discriminatory. Why should I have to cut my son’s hair so dreadfully short for him to receive an education when girls can wear their hair as long as their parent wishes? I would like to take this rule on. The same standards should be applied to both males and females in this day and time. I am not asking that his hair be down to the middle of his back, but I do prefer it longer than his ears or collar. That should be the right of the parent.

  • Sandy

    Cut your sons hair… what’s more important.?.. a hair statement or your sons education? Even if it for something religious.. get used to it… the dress codes are put in place for a reason.. if u Dont like the schools dress codes or policy.. then send your child to a different school…At some point and time we ALL have to adhere to rules/regulations… whether we like it or not.. So get used to it!!! If u Dont like the school/policies then go where no one will care!!!

  • princessevilina

    I’m sorry but this is exactly why we have so many rotten little thugs running around today. You all insist on teaching them that everyone gets a gold star because everyone is a winner (meaning nobody needs to try to excel at all), nobody should be able to tell them anything about what you do or how to groom themselves properly in order to look appropriate for the setting they’re in (which ends up equaling no respect for authority on any level including the ability to hold down and job and move out on their own), and then you wonder why the ill mannered little sh!ts have no respect for human life of other people in general. You throw your hands up to God and ask him why they’re so selfish and tend to become violent when things don’t go their way.

    Well shucks, I can’t imagine why a child with no discipline and no sense of responsibility would ever grow up to be a less than outstanding adult. Cut that boys hair and send him to get the education he needs! He’s already got one strike against him because he’s Black in this messed up world. Would you have him be ignorant too? If he wants to make a statement about why he thinks long hair is acceptable on young men, let him write an award winning essay about it!

    • Capriatta

      Clearly you are white and a racist.

  • Eddie Shiraz

    can’t they just conceal his hair in a discreet ponytail? I believe that long hair can be presented in a professional way, without infringing on his right/privilege ( or what have you) and being able to receive a quality education. why should he be forced to make a choice over something of minor significance? why should a darn hairstyle be the deciding factor on whether he is allowed into school or not?

  • shannon thomas

    I thought us ole hippies settled the hair debate in about 1968..with the backing of the U.S. supreme court! only I (and my parents!!!) will decide how long my hair will be…