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Here We Go Again: School Punishes Little Black Girl for Being Black

Melinda Anderson

Sounds like a bad plot from an afterschool special. A young girl reports to school authorities that she's being bullied over her hairstyle. How do officials respond? They threaten 12-year-old w/ expulsion, calling her hair a "distraction" and mandating she cut and straighten it or she will not be allowed to continue in school. Complicating the plot: the girl is Black, hairstyle is her natural hair, and it's a tax-funded Christian school that is now acting like a bully! Cue well-deserved outrage.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I love her hair. She's beautiful, unique- and talented. She's going to be an artist- you can just tell. Is there anything we can do to petition this school?

    • Melinda Anderson

      Precisely! That flower tucked in her hair in the photo is everything. So precious.

      Thanks for asking. People have shared multiple ways to petition the school directly: @fcaorlando on Twitter; call 407-275-8031; and/or email