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Elementary School officials have placed Adriel in in-school suspension for coming to school with his hair tied in two braids worn outside his shirt. Adriel is escorted away from his classmates and into another room where he sits with his ISS teacher


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Joycey B (750)
Saturday October 4, 2008, 8:22 am
This is not right. How stupid can they get for doing this. A bunch of idiots. They have no right to do this.

Joye B (106)
Saturday October 4, 2008, 1:42 pm
A couple of years ago I started a petition for a simmilar situation... and it reached national attention.. I don't have the time to monitor that petition again and do the interview needed.. But WE as a care2 community, together WE can.. this has got to stop! If this young child, were of ANY other race,religious background this would not be tolerated no matter what in whatever state.. but he is Native, and peope do treat Native differently. The state of Texas must be held to the same standards as the rest of the country. This sickens me. Just sickens me.

Kathy W (299)
Saturday October 4, 2008, 8:16 pm
This is wrong, wrong, wrong!!! I don't think the way you wear your hair has anything to do with what you learn in school. And what is wrong with these people?! He is only 5 years old! Can you imagine what this is doing to him mentally? Shame on them and what they are doing! Thank you Michael.

Ester Hellen (213)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 12:30 am
What stupid!
Teaching a 5 yeard old to be the same as all the others!
You teach childern to look at difference,like it is wrong!

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 12:51 am
I agree with all, especially Joye!!!!!!

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LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 2:23 am

Wouldn't you know ?-- this is Texas !

I don't see why the parents have to claim a particular religious belief to justify the child's right to wear his hair as he and his parents prefer.

It has nothing to do with religion !
It has everything to do with a basic freedom.

I read that the American Civil Liberties Union is defending the family and suing the school. Good for them, once again.

I am outraged to read: "Adriel endures this segregation for over seven hours every day with no opportunity to engage in group learning or social play with other children during class or on the playground," the suit states, adding that the Texas Education Code says ISS(in-school suspension) can extend for no longer than three days, whereas the child has been subjected to this isolation punishment since the sixth day of the school term.

I hope the judge(s) uphold the rights of citizens (including 5-yr-old ones) to chose their clothes and hair style and end this outrageous punishment !

Clever P (176)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 2:40 am
I hope this principal will end up fired but in Juneau the high school fought a case agaisnt free speech all the way to the Supreme Court to defend their right to censure a child's language when he was off school property. How have we come so far backward?

Pete Conrads (91)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 6:57 am
I hope all adults involved with this lack of acceptance are chastised in a large group and in front of Adriel......such intolerance is pitiful from out educators....

Lots of luck to Adriel and his family - stand strong to your beliefs!!!!!


Maureen S (35)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 8:45 am
With all the political correctness going around and the emphasis on "Diversity" in many corporations and elsewhere...........this discrimination against a Native American Indian is ludicrous. "They" were here first. It is their tradition, their essence, their identity, their belief handed down generations.

Gayla S (50)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 11:00 am
Native Americans continue to get screwed by Texas, Oklahoma, and any other state that has numerous Native Americans. It's time to take Texas back from the idiots Duhbya left behind and get back to the state of Independence that TX. is known for. GET the REPUGNICANS outta here. Ann Richards was right with her statement "That dog won't hunt".

J S (0)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 11:39 am
Not a bad decision at all- - - -for 1898!

Pat B (356)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 12:20 pm
This child has the right, to be given the freedoms that his family and their religious/personal beliefs that are sacred, and dear to them,.... RESPECT! Keeping a child in ISS is non-productive, and demeaning (in my opinion), as the child has done nothing wrong. Leave him be!!, to get an education that he is entitled to, w/o the negativity starting in his young life. yes, i live and work in TX. Thankfully, the school district where I work, does NOT infringe on student's rights and beliefs in wearing their hair long. This applies to all religions, races and creeds. Shouldn't a school be welcoming for ALL children??? Emphatically YES! noted. thankx Michael

Mary F (8)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 1:12 pm
Beyond the fact that there's just something basically wrong with the state of Texas - the parents of this little boy need to sue the school district and the state of Texas with the help of the ACLU. I'm sure that this little boy is not the only little guy in Texas that's being forced to conform to the Texas way of doing things.

Ester Hellen (213)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 1:26 pm
I agree Mary!!
Sue them!
don't except it

Doris W (8)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 2:16 pm
How stupid!! i agree with all, especially Maureen,

Jaclin S (230)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 4:37 pm
What happened to individuality??? Why can't they leave folk alone to be, look, and live the way they wish to IT IS THEIR RIGHT!!! Blessings

Janice Bernath (20)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 4:45 pm
Clever Pseudonym wrote:
"I hope this principal will end up fired but in Juneau the high school fought a case agaisnt free speech all the way to the Supreme Court to defend their right to censure a child's language when he was off school property. How have we come so far backward?"

Gee, think it might be people like Sarah Palin and the religious ultra right? They think no none else is capable of thinking for her/himself. I agree with all, especially that Adriel and his family don't cave to these Neanderthals and troglodytes!

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 5:09 pm
I do not believe I will ever be at peace with this world until simple injustices like this are dealt with. Again we are all being conditioned to be the "good dog in the cage". It is completly absurd that some humans have not evolved with the rest of us to see that being different should be praised, respected and studied more to learn the beauty behind these individuals. Maybe then the human race may be able to reclaim there honor, rather than fearing what is different.

kat yazzie (400)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 5:29 pm
They have always been tryin to take away our culture and beliefs...our ways of life. Why won't they let Natives be themself?!

Deborah N (37)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 6:01 pm
Becuz its in there nature to change the ones that are different to be like them.. isn't that why they did what they did becuz the Native AMericans WOULDN"T change so they put them on a Reservation to control them stealing everything from them & reducing them to what they are now.. its about time these Proud 1st People stood up to all there beliefs.. I know my mother was part MicMac & her hair was long the Nursing Home they wanted to cut it but she refused cuzshe believed her strength came from it... if they cut it she wouldn't be who she was.. & she was Proud her heritage... as I am.. my hair will never be cut one understands the beliefs of one heritage.. if you can't understand you either redicle or barr them..its wrong not to let the Native Americans have something of there beliefs they have been robbed of most of everything else.. Kat I wished with ALL my heart they would let ALL of you e WHO you are & stop trying to change you all... you are better than any of them & could teach us much ... :-)

Dian T (603)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 8:10 pm
This is outragous that in this day and age that they won't let us keep our beliefs. We keep our hair long for special reasons and it's unbelievable what they DID TO THIS CHILD!! Mind you, a child. how dare they!!! Give us back our rights. I realy hope his parents stand up for their rights and I hope we all stand strong and proud right beside them.

Kathleen R (983)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 9:36 pm
This boy & his family were treated despicably!! How dare anyone deny religious & cultural beliefs, especially for Native Americans!! When our 5 kids were teens, they'd color their hair various colors, & they made the good point that many teachers have "weird" hair or other idiosyncrasies! And, they were all honor roll students, anyway~~~

Marty H (119)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 11:26 pm
Thanks Michael and noted! Poor kid! 2008 and they are still punishing Native Americans for being who they are! Good old George Bush state!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday October 6, 2008, 4:43 am
This is so stupid, as long as it's clean who cares?
Where did these rednecks grow up at? The 70's and 80's were all about long hair. I love long hair:)

Past Member (0)
Monday October 6, 2008, 5:11 am
I do believe if a Native American was
in the running for president right now
that man would beat the pants
off of Obama & McCain hands down!!!!!!

Native Americans have been more severely
mistreated than any other minority in this country.

But the first big step of recognition will
be when a Native American is crowned Miss America!!!!!!!!!!!


Jillian G (6)
Monday October 6, 2008, 6:30 am
Noted. That asshole Rhodes should be fired and blackballed and forced to work in a McDonald's for the rest of his life. I can tell he knows NOTHING of Native American culture; saying they don't have a "sincerely held religious belieif." What about the Great Spirit? Is that not sincere enough for him? I'll tell you what his real problem is: He's a racist. Thats all. He's a plain old racist and has no place in charge of schools or being around children.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 6, 2008, 10:54 am
this is sick and racist. First our great, great grand-parents robed there land, commited genocide erased there culture , parked them in reservations and now the story of the native Americans continuously follow the same paton with idiots like that .It make me very angry

Ginger G (438)
Monday October 6, 2008, 10:58 am
I don't think words can express just how ridiculous I think making a huge issue over this boy's hair is.

Linda H (13)
Monday October 6, 2008, 11:19 am
It's not that they don't know about Native American culture-it's that they don't care. They have never stopped trying to eliminate the Native americans, they just do it differently now. They make sure that they have access to high sugar foods cheaply, and that all the nutritional foods in the reservations stores are higher in cost than the sugary, processed stuff is. It's far worse on the reservations than it is off them. This is why so many Native americans have developed diabetes and obesity. It's just another way to get rid of them.

Tommy Youngblood (46)
Monday October 6, 2008, 11:25 am
Here we go again...Atleast the ACLU jumped in and filed suit in his behalf.

Jillyanne Michelle Cape (718)
Monday October 6, 2008, 2:10 pm
I'm afraid if he were my kid, he wouldn't be in that school anymore. I would have yanked him out right from the start. Maybe I'm overprotective but I couldn't do this to a child. Let the adults fight the battle, but save the child. This is not doing him justice by keeping him there where he is constantly humiliated.

Talldeer C (47)
Monday October 6, 2008, 2:40 pm
This is outrageous and makes my blood boil!!!Will this "white" stupidity never end. I for one am sick of the constant victimisation American Indians are subject to all the time.I hope the parents fight it all the way.We must stand by them!!..

. (0)
Monday October 6, 2008, 3:19 pm

Gees! Here we go again.They must be Board! Need some one to pick on. No matter how Outrageous and Rediculous it is.Poor kid! They need to leave him alone.Its his Right and His Heritage to have long hair!

Sheryl G (359)
Monday October 6, 2008, 3:49 pm
I'm afraid the little boy is getting an is how in this year of 2008 we still have intolerance to others...especially if your Indian. This isn't a private school so he should be included and not seperated out while the adults are doing the legal battles. All our prayers need to be sent to the Great Spirit for the school to open their eyes and allow freedom of expression for all the people; their cultures and religious background. We have public schools allowing the Muslims to wear their headcoverings, the Jewish faith to wear theirs, the Christians can wear a cross around their necks, but yet the First People who were upon this land before all of those faiths still can not express themselves. We have children going to school in purple hair, rings in their ears and eyebrows, pierced noses....yet the Native people still can not wear braids. I've enclosed their email and address...suggest we all voice our opinions to them directly...keep it polite...though I know the anger is there...we do not want to undermine the cause.
Needville Elementary School

3600 Margaret St
Needville, TX 77461
(979) 793-4241

Jillyanne Michelle Cape (718)
Monday October 6, 2008, 4:34 pm
I think it's great that this information is being provided and people should contact them, although I'm afraid I can't think of anything polite to say about it, so I'm going to have to bow out of this one....maybe I'll calm down in a few days or so...(maybe...). If it did not involve a very young child I would probably take it better, but when somebody goes to hurting an animal, a child, or an elderly or handicapped individual - my diplomacy usually flies right out the window as my blood pressure soars through the roof... Hopefully some other people here can handle it better and more tactfully than myself, and will.

Lone W (1428)
Monday October 6, 2008, 5:15 pm
i feel we have the right to wear our hair as we want to i have long hair myself and that's the way it should be i was so hurt when they cut it all off when i went to prison i don't see even then they should have that right to cut our hair at that time it was clear down to my waist

Kathleen R (983)
Monday October 6, 2008, 5:43 pm
Bette, I agree & feel a Native American SHOULD be President of this nation!!

Jillyanne Michelle Cape (718)
Monday October 6, 2008, 5:45 pm
Rights, do we have rights?????? Do we??????? WOW!!! Tell me about it because I can't seem to find them anymore..... I think someone ditched mine out the window somewhere along the road.... Matter of fact, the harder I look for them, all so much more seems to come up missing... Kind of like losing your glasses, then your keys, then your billfold, then your cellphone, run out to look in the car and I'll be darned if it isn't gone too!!!!!!....before you know it - you're STUCK!!

Past Member (0)
Monday October 6, 2008, 6:07 pm
There have been many instances where schools have violated students' right to free expression.

Suspended for long hair? Oops, better arrest all the hippies and Flower Children. Matter of fact, you'd better arrest most of the female population- Sarah Palin, too, unless that's a Tina Fey wig she's wearing. So much for her candidacy- at least we got one thing out of this craziness.

. (0)
Monday October 6, 2008, 6:28 pm
How stupid can people be to go this far with a child. This child is proud of his Hertiage and I do not blame him, I too have Cherokee and I did not learn of mine for a long time and I felt cheated for my family has lots of cherokee in them but it was a nono back then. and looks like it still is today. My Great Grandmother never cut her hair she lived to be 103 I use to brush it for her all the time. Leave this child alone let him learn and turn you nasty ways around. For you are part of whats wrong of the system today. Let him learn what I never got too. dohiyi- Peace Songbird

Past Member (0)
Monday October 6, 2008, 6:33 pm
Thank you Kathleen.....Some here may not care for some of my comments but so be it!

Right now it is kind of the in thing for blacks to wear braids. Usually the braiding sticks out all over the place because of the kind of hair they have which is natural & very unique among all the hair types on earth. Nothing is ever said nor done about it because why should we. In a sense we don't dare to because of the sensitivity surrounding blacks & their hair.

So, what on earth is wrong with this child wearing his hair long? What is the big deal? Does long hair impede his learning ability? Does it stop him from thinking? Does long hair stop him from doing what all kids do like jump, run, catch a ball??!!

And, who is that Pittsburgh Steeler who has all that long curly hair? Sure doesn't stop him from being one of the best on the team!(I just love the guy although I can't think of his name right now.)

Sounds like nit picking & bullying by adults!!!!!!!!

P.T.F.L......Plant Trees For Life......HOPILEGENDS.COM/........

Monday October 6, 2008, 9:08 pm
Every since Sampson, told Delila, that the secret OF his strength, was his long hair, society has been at war with men's hair!!! I had to do 4 extra years in prison in Missouri, because I refused to allow them to scalp me, at the mistreatment program, what was the bounty on CHIEF WANA DUBIE'S, scalp!!!The women prisoners were not required to be shaved/ scalped, in order to participate in treatment programs, only men, Indian, or not!!! This war against hair, is religious in nature, and therefore unconstitutional!!! FREEDOM OF, OR FREEDOM FROM RELIGION, IF I CAN'T BE A HEATHEN, THEN, THEY CAN'T BE CHRISTIANS, EITHER!!!

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Monday October 6, 2008, 9:44 pm
Shame on this school, and this Mr. Rhodes for the following statement:

"ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes implied earlier this summer that it was disingenuous of Adriel's parents to seek a religious exemption from the district dress code because his American Indian father's beliefs didn't appear to be formalized.

"If they want to say it's a freedom of religion issue - what religion are you?" Rhodes said at the time. "If you're a Muslim and you have those religious tenets, that's a known... But you have to have a sincerely held religious belief."

Who are you to judge who is disingenuous, and what right do you have to make such a judgement?
Religion is personal. It is private. What faith a person is, is NOT anybody's business especially when it is used as an excuse to punish a 5 YEAR OLD CHILD" of Native American heritage.
If this is what this school wants to play ..fine. Demand that every parent and child of this school and district to display and wear a "LABEL" declaring their "RELIGIOUS AFFLIATION".
This is the United States. This is not a 3rd world country that has robbed its people of its religious freedom.
This Rhodes individual..and I say this loosely because their is nothing worse than placing a religious bigot in charge of a educational facility, demands and is requiring this fine young boy to give written tenets of his spiritual beliefs, then he had better put his money where his muth is and demand it of all students and and their families. LET US HAVE EQUALITY IF THIS WHAT THIS RHODES PERSON WANTS. I thought the days of old catholic priest who demeaned, tortured mentally, physically and emotionally and sexually the young Native American children under their "care". were over. And I use the word "CARE" loosely. For in the old days this was hidden and kept secret out of shame and humilation.
Young Native children taken from their parents, families and communities against their will, and robbed of their identity and their culture.
If you want a written tenet of this childs personal faith...we the people demand that you do so yourself, and every single student and educator in your school district as well. That is 'EQUALITY". LET US ALL SEE EQUALITY AT WORK. FAIR IS FAIR. YOU WANT IT FROM ONE PERSON...THEN WE DEMAND IF FROM YOU ALL.

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Monday October 6, 2008, 10:00 pm
Sorry folks, but this really chaps my hide:

""If they want to say it's a freedom of religion issue - what religion are you?" Rhodes said Monday. "If you're a Muslim and you have those religious tenets, that's a known... But you have to have a sincerely held religious belief."

WHo are these people that believe they have the right to judge a child and their family? And who do they think they are to even make such a statement? How dare they! Does anyone question their faith or religiosn, and what damn right do they have to do so? What right do they even have to ask or even demand of anyone! If they want to live like that...go and start your own country and torture one another like themselves, and live in the hate filled place they want to instill on innocent children.

Kathleen R (983)
Monday October 6, 2008, 10:49 pm
I WIDH IDIOTS, LIKE RHODES, HAD TO FACE US ALL IN PERSON!!! Hey, my mom was a Sampson - think its why I love long hair! When hubby was young & growing his hair, & his uncles were pestering him, his grandpa who had been a child from England stuck for him. His grandma did, too, being Cherokee. It's still long, at 57. We made a pact when we married 15 years ago to NOT cut our hair.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 6, 2008, 11:55 pm
Wnt & looked up the long hair player on the Steeler team......Troy Palamalu. And he is cute too!!

So much for long hair.......


Jillyanne Michelle Cape (718)
Tuesday October 7, 2008, 12:39 am
That's really cool Kathleen! Long live long hair!

Silverfox O (59)
Tuesday October 7, 2008, 12:53 am
What a load of bulls*"+t.... America ... Land of the free make me sick
the way you treat the American Indian....they are being ruled by allot of little HITLERS
What has happen America is suppose to be the Leaders of the free world What a Joke
Cant even help there own Indigenous people..

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 7, 2008, 4:29 am

Rachel Storey (5)
Tuesday October 7, 2008, 9:48 am
Here we go again ! How crazy can we be ! The child's hair should not even be an issue. He goes to school to learn and boy, did he really learn that day. He learned what is important in schools. If this is a true native American Indian child, are we never going to change our ways of thinking and isn't this prejudice ? After all this child has rights too !

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 7, 2008, 11:13 am
First they were persecuted and killed, then their land raped and now they can't even preserve their culture? WTF?

They are the only real North-Americans, not the rest of the population in the US! And you still scream out loud to the world that you are the land of the free? Yeah, right, more like the land of the hypocrites! (I apologise to the ones who don't feel or act like this...)

Shame on you!

Emiko N (513)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 6:19 am
It's so interesting and marverous idea that Native American become president...

Although they are the most hidden and closed,they should love the land of America the most,and it will save there..

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 6:34 am
Emiko.....It is interesting that no
Native American has never been seen or
heard being in a very high
political office in America!!

Perhaps it is because they have
more dignity, honor & grace than those
who have schemed, conived, rioted
& lied to get there........

P.T.F.L.......Plant trees for life......



Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 1:38 pm
Miko..Here is some info if you are intrested in what the Native Americans...Lakota NAtion has been doing...*S* I, personally am all for it...*S*

Russell Means Freedom
For PRESIDENT - Pine Ridge Sioux Indian Reservation
For Vice President - Melanie Two Eagle

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 12:39 am
May I suggest Cecilia Fire Thunder.
Can we draft her?
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