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…
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.