The principal’s having none of it and threatened to expel her.
Imagine having to sit behind this in class:
And you know the bitch is doing it on purpose to get attention.
If she’s not careful some asshole with a can of hairspray and a lighter will take matters into his own hands.
Jenesis Johnson, 17, was informed by Lynn Burgess, assistant principal at North Florida Christian in Tallahassee, that her full, natural hair was ‘not neat’ and ‘needs to be put in a style.’
‘It is fixed,’ she told WCTV of his demands, insisting that her natural hair already meets these criteria. Still, if she does not meet the demands of the North Florida Christian administration, she risks losing her enrollment at the private high school.
The demands from the school came as a surprise to the Florida teenager, particularly as she has been wearing her hair in an Afro style ‘on and off’ since seventh grade – and daily for the past seven months.
While Johnson admitted to her hair being large, she assured WCTV that she always sits in the back of the classroom, so as to not obstruct anyone’s view.
She added that the uproar over her locks began several weeks ago, when a teacher asked her: ‘How long are you rocking that hairstyle?’ The teacher’s inquiry then prompted other students to ask Johnson about the styling and upkeep of her Afro.
Just two days later, Johnson was called into the assistant principal’s office and informed her hair went against school policy.
In her criticism of Johnson’s hair style, the assistant principal pointed to the North Florida Christian school handbook, which states, ‘No faddish or extreme hairstyles, and hair should be neat and clean at all times. The administration will make the decision on any questionable styles.’
The extensive handbook later specifies, for ‘Young Men’ in particular, that ‘No fad haircuts are allowed. This includes but is not limited to Mohawks, designs cut into hair, colored tips, or Afros that if stretched would reach beyond the eyebrows or the collar.’
Interestingly, an archived version of the student handbook for the 2014-2015 school year makes no mention of Afro hairstyles.
Many, including Johnson and her mother, Lisa, are questioning not whether the rule exists – but why it exists in the first place.
‘You might say that it didn’t fit the handbook,’ Lisa told WCTV. ‘But I saw, and what she heard is a woman telling her that she’s not pretty; her hair does fit society.’