Texas school refuses Native American student because of his ponytail
by Rebecca Bahret
A Texas public school refused entry to a kindergartner last week because his hair violated their district’s strict policy. The boy is a Native American and his parents say his long hair is part of his religious beliefs. The school ultimately let the child attend, but only after requiring written proof of his heritage. But what if they had no written proof, just the parent's word on what their spiritual beliefs would be? Being Native American proves genealogy but not necessarily faith. Shouldn't a parent's word be enough when requesting a religious exemption?
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