Texas superintendent responds to backlash for suspending Black student for dress code with defiant full-page ad

The superintendent of a Texas school district is not budging or apologizing after suspending a black male student for a second time over violating the district’s dress code by wearing dreadlocks.

Greg Poole took out a full-page ad in the Houston Chronicle defending his stance after Darryl George and his family filed a lawsuit against Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton for not enforcing the CROWN Act in Texas. The acronym stands for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.” The superintendent is facing possible termination over punishing the student.

“The superintendent of the Barbers Hill Independent School District, Greg Poole, took out a full-page ad on Jan. 14 in the Houston Chronicle to defend suspending a student for hair that was too long. He said districts with a traditional dress code are safer and achieve higher academic performance,” Fox News reported.

“We will not lose sight of the main goal — high standards for our students — by bending to political pressure or responding to misinformed media reports. These entities have ‘lesser’ goals that ultimately harm kids,” Poole wrote in the ad.

“George remains on in-school suspension, according to Candice Matthews, a family spokesperson. He has faced months of disciplinary action because Barbers Hill Independent School District officials say his hairstyle violates the dress code for male students,” CBS58 reported.

Leftists pounced on one section of the ad where Poole stated that “being an American requires conformity.”

“Our military academies… maintain a rigorous expectation of dress. They realize being an American requires conformity with the positive benefit of unity, and being a part of something bigger than yourself,” Poole asserted in the ad.

It didn’t take long for Obama’s former Department of Education secretary, Arne Duncan, to voice his outrage and demand that Poole be terminated for suspending the student twice over his hairstyle.

“Dear School Board: Please do your job and fire this superintendent,” he wrote on X.

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“The district claims high school student Darryl George’s, 18, twisted dreadlocks violate a policy limiting hair length for male students. The district said other students with locs comply with the length policy,” Fox News wrote.

“We have African-American students with hair longer than our dress code permits. They applied, qualified for, and were granted religious exemptions… The criticism from the… media is based upon assumptions that the school district is clinging to outdated values or social norms, but academic excellence never goes out of style,” Poole further contended in his ad.

George and his mother are claiming that his grades have suffered over the issue. He feels that he was singled out and treated unfairly especially since his hair was twisted and tied on top of his head, not hanging down. The student claims it should not be considered a violation of the dress code.

George claimed that he was being subjected to “cruel treatment” in an affidavit.

“I love my hair, it is sacred, and it is my strength,” George said. “All I want to do is go to school and be a model student. I am being harassed by school officials and treated like a dog.”

The family is moving ahead with its lawsuit charging that Poole violated state law by punishing the student.

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“A trial is set for Feb. 22 to determine whether the district’s dress code restrictions violate the CROWN Act. The new Texas law, which took effect in September, prohibits race-based hair discrimination and bars employers and schools from penalizing people because of hair texture or protective hairstyles including Afros, braids, dreadlocks, twists or Bantu knots,” Fox News noted.

“I’m glad that we are being heard, too. I’m glad that things are moving, and we’re getting through this,” the student said concerning the trial.

“I have a son, 18 years old, that wants to go to school, that wants to get his education, and y’all messing with him. Why?” the student’s mother, Darresha George, angrily demanded.

The mother is evidently out for blood over the issue.

“Poole alleged that the family’s lawyer said she wants to ‘bankrupt’ the school district and its leaders during the legal proceedings,” The Messenger reported.


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