When a Texas middle school boy went to class last Tuesday with a new haircut, a school administrator was quick to bust him for breaking the dress code.

But now, the school district is under fire for the employee’s disciplinary techniques.

The student, identified only as “Juelz,” went to Berry Miller Junior High in Pearland with an “M” shaved into his head, according to a Facebook post.

This is against the school district’s dress code, which prohibits “extreme hairstyles such as carvings, mohawks, spikes, etc.,” the Houston Chronicle reports.

Juelz was given the options to either call a parent, go to in-school suspension, or color in the “M” on his head with a black marker.

The young student chose the last option — prompting a furious response from Angela Washington, who appears to be the child’s mother.

She shared images taken the same day and the day after when the marker was still visible.

Juelz got a haircut on Tuesday with a design….On Wednesday at school the Assistant Principal at Berry Miller Jr High…

Posted by Angela Washington on Friday, April 19, 2019

Washington wrote:

Juelz got a haircut on Tuesday with a design….On Wednesday at school the Assistant Principal at Berry Miller Jr High in Pearland ISD told him he was out of dress code with his designs and decided to color my baby design with a PERMANENT MARKER! His only options was to go to ISS or get his head colored. They did not call to inform me at all. The first picture is the day of the incident. The last two pictures are yesterday. It’s still in his head days later.

The images quickly sparked a firestorm on social media. And now, Pearland Independent School District is apologizing.

In a statement, the school district said that the administrator responsible has been placed on leave. It read:

“District administration has contacted the student’s family to express our extreme disappointment in this situation, which does not fall in line with the values of Pearland ISD.”

Pearland ISD said that boy’s haircut did violate the dress code, but that the school administrator “mishandled disciplinary action.” The employee has not been identified publicly.

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7 Replies to “School District Apologizes After Administrator Made Boy Hide New Haircut Using Permanent Marker on Head”

  • truly 4 months ago

    I think the “professional” adult who bullied this child is now branded.. that’s what I say… why is it that common decency, respect and sense is entirely missing from these jobs where they are Untouchable… unionized… I call BS Why is it that children need to have more stress piled on them? This politcally correct is killing us… so tell me when is going to school a “teaching Moment?” Dying to know…

    • amomtoo 4 months ago

      The professional didn’t bully him; he was given a choice, including calling his parent. He chose the marker, just like he chose to get a haircut that didn’t meet dress code. He may not have read the dress code, but again, that’s his choice. Many times the dress codes are designed to avoid distractions in class from kids focusing on hair and clothes instead of school, and also to avoid gangwear that some of us don’t know about. They’re a good thing, not a bad thing, and parents should stand up for the schools. It will make their kids better citizens in the long run.

  • Peggy Johnson 4 months ago

    I think it was extreme! His haircut didn’t interfer w anything educational!

  • Alicia N. 4 months ago

    I think this was handled extremely poorly and shouldn’t have happened but I also think he should’ve never gotten the haircut. I don’t send my girls to school in clothes that go against their dress code and I wouldn’t send them with a haircut that violated it either. Handled poorly by both parties…

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  • Kathy 4 months ago

    It was the rules and he, the student, was given a choice. His mother knew the dress code, he knew the dress code and yet they choose to break it. If he had wore an offensive shirt to school would that be okay? NO, the rules, whether you like them or not are there for a reason and you must abide by them or work to change them.

  • Kimberly 4 months ago

    Dress code violations equal consequences. Parents fault!

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