An eighth-grade girl at a small private school in Utah was told to remove her dreadlocks. However, both she and her mother are speaking out against the school’s orders, which they’re calling racist and anti-religious.
According to FOX 13, Caycee Cunningham returned to Lincoln Academy after studying abroad in Guatemala and decided to grow dreadlocks. Why? Apparently because the dreads are a part of her “spiritual journey,” in which the young teen is exploring her “Hindu beliefs.” Unfortunately for said journey, Lincoln Academy’s dress code forbids the look, and school administrators have asked that she cut them off.
Meanwhile Caycee’s mother, Tonya Judd claims that the request is racist and anti-religion. No really, I’m not kidding:
While Judd says she respects the charter school’s guidelines, she doesn’t believe her daughter’s hair is a distraction and says she shouldn’t be discriminated against.
“Not only have they been racially profiling my daughter because she happens to be a while girl with dreadlocks, but it’s also taking away the rights of my daughter’s religious beliefs and her spiritual journey,” Judd said.
Neither mother nor daughter are willing to abide by the school’s request, and have even threatened to transfer to another institution.
No word yet on whether Rachel Dolezal will be coming out in support of or against little Caycee.
Check out the clip below, via FOX 13:
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