Faith Fennidy, an 11-year-old black student near New Orleans was sent home from her private Roman Catholic school after administrators said her hair extensions violated school rules.
A viral video has surfaced in which the young woman could be seen crying as she packed up her belongings and left Christ the King Parish School in Terrytown, Louisiana.
The young girl was sent home just one week after a black 6-year-old in Florida was sent home for having dreadlocks.
The Fennidy family has hired a lawyer, Inem O’Boyle, who told The New York Times that school officials said her hairstyle didn’t “align with school policy.” The girls family changed her hairstyle after the first day of school, spending a “considerable amount of money in the process,” but she was again attacked for her new hairstyle.
“They told her not to come back,” her lawyer told The Times. That, despite the fact that Faith had been wearing the exact same hairstyle for the previous two years.
Faith’s brother posted the devastating video to his personal Facebook page on Monday.
I hate that I have to post this. But this just isn’t right. This is an issue we tried to resolve with the school, but they won’t compromise at all. My sister Faith and many little black girls wear extensions. She’s been attending this school for two years and wearing extensions. Over the summer the school has sneakily added in a policy, that no extensions, clip-ins or weaves are allowed. Faith got a notice on the first day of class and it’s ridiculous that these schools that we are PAYING for, will go in and make policies without consulting or trying to figure out how this will affect your life or your child’s life. Extensions make the hair easier to maintain. It allows my sister to have access to the swimming pool without having to get her hair Re-done every night. How do you make a policy without even having a discussion. It’s because you don’t care and it’s just one more barrier to entry for black people. This decision is going to affect black children more than white children. Please share this video. All the principal could say was, “They’re swinging it and things like that…” My entire middle and high school career I was in private school I sat behind a million white girls who would play in their hair. Re-do their pony tails a million times a day. Nothing was ever said. She kept saying the issue is it’s not their natural hair. It’s a style that we are not allowing. It’s not uniform. WOW. This is Christ The King Middle School in Gretna, Louisiana. This has all just been very upsetting.
Posted by Steven Evergreen Fennidy on Monday, August 20, 2018
The school’s handbook reads: “Boys and girls: Only the student’s natural hair is permitted. Extensions, wigs, hairpieces of any kind are not allowed.”
The handbook says “severe consequences” will be doled out for violating the Catholic school’s policies.
Officials at the school have not been picking up the phone and emails are not being returned.