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Native American Boy Fights Texas School Over Hair Cut


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: abuse, Human rights, Indigenous rights, Native American, religious rights, child, ethics, school, Texas )

Brigitte
- 3610 days ago - examiner.com
A Native American boy is fighting a Texas school district for the right to keep his long hair. A small rural school district in Fort Bend County Texas wants to force Adriel Arocha to cut his hair in compliance with the terms of the school district's dress



   

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Blue B (855)
Tuesday June 30, 2009, 2:24 pm
HOORAY!!! Don't let the ba$tard$ beat you down ... I'm so proud of you that you have the courage to fight them!
 

John R (56)
Tuesday June 30, 2009, 2:35 pm
What is this fixation schools have with hair? I suspect it's because many of our schools are run by the anally retentive. Don't give in, keep the hair, it's your cultural as well as human right. "Illegitemati non Carborundum"!
 

Jaclin S (230)
Tuesday June 30, 2009, 5:20 pm
WAY TO GO!!! STAND UP TO THEM - IT IS YOUR HUMAN RIGHT TO BE WHO YOU ARE - DRESS HOW YOU WILL AND WEAR YOUR HAIR THE WAY YOU WISH TO!!! GOOD FOR YOU!!!
 

Brian Niles (144)
Tuesday June 30, 2009, 6:02 pm
We as members of humanity need to join together and tell governing bodies enough is enough! We will not continue to allow individuals who think they have the authority to control other's to continue to abuse children of any culture. I myself believe we have done enough damage to the indigenous people of this world and I'm fed up with this abuse. If you want to continue to fight for indigenous rights and stop the abuse sign my petition at:http://www.thepetitionsite.com/280/petition-to-the-united-states-government-for-a-written-apology-for-the-genocideethnocide-and
 

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday June 30, 2009, 8:48 pm
Diversity, not Monoculture. Besides, Native Americans should be telling us what to do, not the other way around. Right now we could benefit from their views on nature and living in harmony w/ the natural world.
 

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday June 30, 2009, 8:54 pm
Hmmm, sounds like the school commttee are the ones w/ a lot of learning to do.
 

Amena A (187)
Wednesday July 1, 2009, 12:31 pm
I cannot believe that some of us are still hung up over hair. I thought that we addressed and ended that issue back in the 60's! Yup, anal retentive sounds appropriate. Of all the damn issues to pick in this day and age of endless corruption and fear. And, yes, we should be consulting with the Native Americans instead of fighting them, what with the sky falling around our ears by our own hands. Grrrrrrr!
 

Ben O (131)
Wednesday July 1, 2009, 1:24 pm
Aha...in Texas...I thought it was in North Korea 1952...
 

sue M (184)
Thursday July 2, 2009, 12:09 am
We pay the taxes, we pay the teachers salaries, we elect the school boards, we elect the governors and the Presidents and we cannot get a word in edge ways. Why? because we have let them rule our lives!
We are the power here, not them. If they feel they have to control us this much they are scared of us. where is the petition - I will sign it! Gladly!
 

Peggy White (0)
Thursday July 2, 2009, 12:36 pm
This is so stupid!! Native Americans have certain beliefs to do with their hair! This just shows that we dont want anyone to have any pride now days!! Baby boy keep on fighting them sugar!!! That is YOUR right to have your hair the way your ancesters did!!!
Are we turning into the country we have been fightin! Where a woman cant look a man in the eyes an you cant cross your legs for fear of someone thinkin your beneath them? I pray we are not!!! This was one thing my youngest daughter had so many problems with when she got sent to Iraq! As a single Momma I taught my daughters all 3 to hold their heads up an look everyone in the eye an never ever let anyone talk down to them.
I pray this little boys family stands by his side to keep his hair!!
 

carol k (17)
Thursday July 2, 2009, 12:54 pm
This " TRUE AMERICAN" should be permitted to excersize his rights as an American- I pay taxs and that money supports our school system- I am against the religion of teaching , forcefully I might add, the stupid non-since of evolution- yet the gov demands it be taught, homosexuals have freedom to excersize their freedom of choice- no matter who it hurts- this True American 's long hair is hurting NOBODY..they are just looking for an excuse to excersize their prejudice and control. He has every right to wear his hair long or short ans according to his heritage.
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday July 2, 2009, 4:29 pm
Yes, What Blue Bunting said! I'm Proud of him too! His hair is Amazing!
 

Lyn C (70)
Thursday July 2, 2009, 6:38 pm
The truly sad part of this whole situation is that the 5 year old boy probably doesn't even understand what's going on around him. All he see's is that for some reason the adults won't allow him to learn, socialize, or take part in any of the other things kids his age are participating in. While the adults do battle in the courts, the young child is left to possibly fall through the cracks in society later on in life.

When will supposedly responsible adults focus on the real issues, like how well a child learns, not what length his hair is?!

Lync
 

Alison L (2)
Thursday July 2, 2009, 6:58 pm
Little people with little power try to wield it anywhere they can!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 2, 2009, 7:51 pm
Our hair is a our pride! Forcing this boy to cut his hair is unconstitutional! I thought we would have evolved past this issue by now? I applaud the parents for standing up for their child and his right! This teaches him a valuable lesson within itself, That you don't always have to conform! Lyn C. I just don't agree with you. Our rights are trampled all the time it is better to fight now then later hiding in the shadows like a bunch of cowards. This has always been a hot issue with me it is disgrimination against men, for women can have long hair in the work force but men cannot? Same with schools still? This is stupid Shame on the school for not doing the right thing and leaving this chil be!
 

Deborah L (70)
Thursday July 2, 2009, 8:02 pm
Is the length of his hair hurting anyone or causing the students to learn less because of his long hair? NO!

Back in the 1980's my late husband-Chippewa- wore a ponytail and he assisted with the local schools and it caused no problem for an adult of Native heritage being in a public school, nor did the length of the hair of the Native American students either. There was one run in with the schools at another school in my area that tried to deny one boy "long hair" to cover a birth defect so the other students would not tease him. His hair was not any longer than any other male student at that time, they just tried to single out this child unfairly, even though he was not Native.

If a girl chooses to wear her hair long, it doesn't cause a problem, so perhaps the schools should be more concerned with the safety of our students and the job of actually educating them instead of being the fashion police.

NATIVE PRIDE, KEEP IT ALIVE.
Deborah, Lone Wolf Woman and the rest of the Native community.
 

Jack Spratt (46)
Thursday July 2, 2009, 8:13 pm
Hum... Texas the rectum i.e. set of Bush Power, of the known universe once again stands up and barks its self-righteous lunatic fundamentalism. We have already destroyed the Indian Nation and keep the remnant hostage to our fear and loathing that they may actually live among us free to enter our economy. There is, simply, not further excuse for this.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 2, 2009, 11:50 pm
'Words cannot express the indignation and outrage of such an injustice'. I know that I'm at a loss for words.
 

. (0)
Friday July 3, 2009, 12:22 am
Does not the bible say our covering is our pride and joy... it is this boys demorcratic right to wear his hai long.. it looks sooooooooooooooo cool, and it is about time the schools relaxed thier strigent polices... and got in more hip schools mastes and teaches... sherbet.. schoold would then be a blast
 

Marcia E (54)
Friday July 3, 2009, 5:19 am
If Muslims can wear their Burkas even for a DMV photo, this child should not have to cut his hair to go to school. I say call the school district office and tell them to leave his hair alone.
 

Pam B (25)
Friday July 3, 2009, 11:58 am
FREEDOM OF RELIGION-DISCRIMINATION-....Where the H*LL do these IDIOTS GET OFF????Oh....yeah...I guess the WHITE MAN STILL MAKES THE LAWS FOR US INJINS.....And to the young MAN....Stay STRONG-You have RIGHTS to your HERITAGE....no matter WHAT "the white schools" say...REMEMBER "The Carlisle Schools of INFAMY".....
 

Gillian M (218)
Friday July 3, 2009, 3:18 pm
When this story first started I showed it to my elder son who has an epal in Texas. He read the story and was distressed for Adriel before telling me that this is typical Texas.

I am disgusted that this school has so illtreated Adriel to the extent that it amounts to child abuse and torture. I'm glad that so many Allies died for democracy, why doesn't it apply to the Native Americans who also fought in WWII and other wars.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 4, 2009, 4:34 am
The intrangence of beaurocrats is a blight on us all.What does it matter if this boys hair is long as long as he has the passion for education he should be allowed to wear his hair as he and his parents see fit.The Americn Indian is one of the most depressed peoples on earth.They were there in the US long before the arrival of the true savages from Europe who first set about destroying the Indians way of life by commiting genocide.When this was found to be to slow they began to destroy the Bison and then the forests, is the persecution of these people never to end?.I for one certainly hope so and soon please let sanity prevail.
 

Pam B (25)
Tuesday July 7, 2009, 5:33 am
I'm STILL WAITING to hear that THE STATE of TEXAS has stepped in and stopped this "little upstart bureau of stupidity".Obviously-some small minded "person in CHARGE" has taken it upon themselves to flout authority....Of course-most folks do not realize the WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO VOTE in this country until the mid-40s...I guess we WERE NOT CONSIDERED to be CITIZENS.....
 
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