Student dismissed over Olive Oil hair products


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    The NAACP is taking action after a Seattle student was kicked out of class because of the way her hair smelled.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The NAACP is taking action after a Seattle student was kicked out of class because of the way her hair smelled.
     
    KING5.com reports that an 8-year-old student was removed from her honors-level class after a teacher complained that the smell of the child’s hair was making her sick. The girl, who attends Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, had allegedly been using Organic Root Stimulator Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion for a year before this incident.


     
    Chris Mudede stated in his blog for
    The Stranger that his daughter had to sit in the hall before she was ultimately moved to regular class. He said the dismissal was particularly traumatizing because his girl is the only Black student in the accelerated class. 


     
    The student’s parents weren’t told about the episode until after it happened. The school said that the teacher has allergies, but that she was much better once their child was gone.


     
    “Feeling the seriousness of this situation, we decided not to send our daughter to school until the teacher had medical proof that our daughter’s hair or something in her hair was to blame for the nausea,” Chris wrote. “The last thing you want to happen to your daughter is for a teacher to faint or vomit at the mere sight of her.”

     
    Now the NAACP plans to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. The family’s lawyer said their reaction has more to do with the way the whole situation was handled than anything else.
     

     

     

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    1. While we’re inclined to believe that the teacher isn’t a monster, it seems clear that some areas are so tied up with racial and cultural issues (hair, makeup, clothes, and music all spring to mind) that there’s really no such thing as an innocent comment—much less an innocent classroom expulsion. When you single out the only child of color because of her hair and ask her to leave the room, you’ve told her—and all her white classmates—that her hair is different, strange, and something to fear. And that’s not a great lesson for any of your students.

       

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