Chicago Non-public College Will not Permit 4-Yr-Previous Boy to Put on Braids
A young mother from Chicago Black allowed her son’s hair to be braided in a style he saw on someone else, and he wanted to mimic the style his mother required. After the 4 year old was happy and excited to show it off to his friends at school, he was disappointed when the school didn’t allow him to wear the hairstyle because they said it was against the private school dress code.
According to Book Club Chicago, young Jett Nelson went to his school, Providence St. Mel, earlier this month on March 4th with his hair freshly braided, and the administrators called his mother, Ida, and told her about her son’s hairstyle Private school dress code. The dress code she was referring to prohibits braids, locomotives, and other styles she said.
In the end, she parted his hair and shared the experience on her Facebook page. She berated the school for the rules restricting hairstyles for black students and punished them for the texture of their natural hair.
“Braids and locomotives are considered inappropriate [because] When they see our black boys with these hairstyles, they automatically assume they are troublemakers in a gang that does no good just because they have their hair, ”Nelson told Block Club Chicago. “Why is it acceptable to tell black children in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood who already have so many other obstacles to overcome as they can and cannot express themselves?”
theGrio reported that Nelson shared the situation on their Facebook page.
“Imagine paying $ 1,683 a month for your children to attend private school so that they can be educated without discrimination (Providence St Mel is a mostly black school) just to get a call from the dean who declares that the new braid style brought your son joy is unacceptable and will not be tolerated due to a rule of over 30 years inspired by the spirit of assimilation, ”wrote Nelson on her page.
The almost all black pre-K-12 elementary school Providence St. Mel at 119 S. Central Park Ave. is known for sending 100% of seniors graduating on competitive scholarships to four-year colleges since 1978.