But Marian’s excitement quickly turned to sadness. When it was time for photos, the little girl was pulled aside for violating the picture day dress code.“Marian had to stand in the hallway while everyone was taking pictures,” Marian's dad, Doug Scott, told TODAY Parents. “They said she couldn’t represent the school.”
Wynter likes her hair and enjoys the attention she gets wherever she goes, her mom told the news agency, adding the girl is very confident. That’s when her family told her being different was awesome, Calvert-Yin said.“Since then she has never really looked back… and now thrives on all the attention,” she noted.
The parent and student handbook states that “hair must be of natural tones.” It even gives guidelines for headbands, noting that acceptable choices include solid white navy, hunter green or black.
Paragon Charter Academy spokesperson Leah Nixon told TODAY Parents in a statement that the staff takes “great care to ensure families are well informed about this policy.”Nixon said an automated call went out to all families on September 29, reminding them about the code.
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Marian's hair is now back to black and she hopes to participate when retakes are done in November.
“My daughter is always happy, so to see her crying, it breaks my heart,” Scott said.Local photographer Pamela Morris Lee is also hurting for Marian. After she heard about the story on a local news channel, she reached out to the family on Facebook and offered to take Marian’s photo for free.
“This is ridiculous,” she wrote, adding that schools should be focusing on “important things going on” and not hair .