Parents are furious after school officials colored in their son’s hair with a permanent marker. The Houston, Texas middle school claimed that 13-year-old Juelz Trice (or J.T.)’s haircut was against school dress code and allegedly laughed as they colored in the boy’s hair. Trice’s parents have filed a federal lawsuit against the school, CNN reports.
The suit claims that Trice, who is black, got a fade haircut on April 16 of this year and was sent to the office for a dress code violation the next day in school. Allegedly, the student was given the option to either have his haircut colored in with marker or attend in-school suspension. Trice didn’t want to jeopardize his track team eligibility, so he chose the former. Discipline Clerk Helen Day allegedly began using permanent marker on Trice’s scalp, before teacher Jeanette Peterson was asked to help. Both Day and Peterson are white. Principal Tony Barcelona was also named as a defendant in the suit.
Trice’s parents’ attorney says the family was not notified before using permanent marker on their son, which they said took “many days of scrubbing to come off.” The lawsuit asks for both compensatory and punitive damages, as well as a request that school district employees attend racial sensitivity training. Sadly, this isn’t the first time a situation like this has arisen. In December of 2018, a California teacher was arrested for forcibly cutting one a student’s hair. That same month, another California school denied a student admission because he had dreadlocks.