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.
Encourage your child to be careful when disclosing personal information. A simple rule for younger children should be that the child should not give out their name, phone number or photo without your approval. Older children using social networking sites like Facebook should be encouraged to be selective about what personal information and photos they post to online spaces. Regardless of privacy settings, once material is online you can no longer control who sees it or how it is used.
Never miss a parenting story with the TODAY Parenting newsletter! Sign up here.But Howard and her husband, Doug Scott, didn't get the message and were unaware of the rule. Now that they are, they're working to get it revised .
Marian's hair is now back to black and she hopes to participate when retakes are done in November.
Women with multiethnic hair face a set of unique hair challenges that can make the hair care process frustrating at times.“Two of the most important factors that make ethnic hair unique are, a) the angle at which the follicle is embedded into the scalp, and b) the tightness of the spiral or coil of the hair shaft,” said dermatologist Fran Cook-Bolden, MD.
“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 .