Catholic School Expels Black Student Over Braided Hairstyle

A young black girl was expelled from school after being told her hair extensions violated school policy.

Faith Fennidy, a sixth-grader from Christ the King Middle School in New Orleans was in tears when the school kicked her out due to her braids.

I hate that I have to post this. But this just isn’t right. This is an issue we tried to resolve with the school, but they won’t compromise at all. My sister Faith and many little black girls wear extensions. She’s been attending this school for two years and wearing extensions. Over the summer the school has sneakily added in a policy, that no extensions, clip-ins or weaves are allowed. Faith got a notice on the first day of class and it’s ridiculous that these schools that we are PAYING for, will go in and make policies without consulting or trying to figure out how this will affect your life or your child’s life. Extensions make the hair easier to maintain. It allows my sister to have access to the swimming pool without having to get her hair Re-done every night. How do you make a policy without even having a discussion. It’s because you don’t care and it’s just one more barrier to entry for black people. This decision is going to affect black children more than white children. Please share this video. All the principal could say was, “They’re swinging it and things like that…” My entire middle and high school career I was in private school I sat behind a million white girls who would play in their hair. Re-do their pony tails a million times a day. Nothing was ever said. She kept saying the issue is it’s not their natural hair. It’s a style that we are not allowing. It’s not uniform. WOW. This is Christ The King Middle School in Gretna, Louisiana. This has all just been very upsetting.

Posted by Steven Evergreen Fennidy on Monday, August 20, 2018

In a video recorded by her brother, Steven Fennidy, the young girl can be seen holding back her tears as she exits the school campus with her family.

Steven said on a post on Facebook that her sister’s hair extensions were for practical reasons.

“Extensions make the hair easier to maintain. It allows my sister to have access to the swimming pool without having to get her hair re-done every night,” his post said.

“This policy was communicated to all parents during the summer and again before the first day of school,” Archdiocese of New Orleans Schools Superintendent RaeNell Houston said in a statement to media. “Furthermore, the school leadership worked with families as needed to ensure compliance.”

But many netizens were angry at the policy saying it was unfair and racist.

The Fennidy’s are still considering to sue the school for discrimination.