An 11-year-old black girl was removed from her private Catholic middle school this week due to a change in dress code policy that took place over the summer. The new dress restrictions prohibit her from wearing hair extensions. Faith Fennidy was left in tears after being singled out as she was escorted out of the school building with her parents and older brother.
This is yet another incident of a black child being singled out at school because of how they wear their hair. One substitute teacher even recently lost her job after making an insensitive Instagram post about one of her student’s natural hair. The school has justified the choice to make Fennidy leave the school she attended for two years by noting that they allow for natural hair, simply not anything synthetic like her extensions.
“My sister Faith and many little black girls wear extensions. She’s been attending this school for two years and wearing extensions…,” Faith’s brother Steven wrote on Facebook. “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.”
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
Apparently, the school had communicated the dress code change to families at least twice over the Summer and had even let the Fennidy family know that Faith’s hair constituted a violation. She had gone as far as to have it re-done, but the change still wasn’t enough. The Archdiocese of New Orleans schools has made no effort to back Faith up, and the school itself has also declined to comment on the matter. Consequently, the Fennidy family has removed Faith from that school entirely.