A lawsuit has been filed on Barbers Hill ISD by the parents of two of the district’s former students, who were suspended for refusing to cut their hair, claiming the dress code policy is “discriminatory.”
Sandy Arnold, the mother of 18-year-old DeAndre Arnold, and Cindy Bradford, the mother of 16-year-old Kaden Bradford, filed the lawsuit May 22 in the U.S. District Court in Houston. The suit, filed on behalf of their sons, is against the district, the board and Dr. Greg Poole, the district’s superintendent. The principal of Barbers Hill High School, Rick Kana, and assistant principals were also named defendants. The two teens attended the school and were told their hair was out of district regulation and needed to cut it. Both refused. Arnold was told he had to cut what he calls “locs” or become an in-suspension student, or even put into an alternative school, and then he would not be allowed to walk across the stage at his graduation.