George’s family has also filed a formal complaint with the Texas Education Agency and a federal civil rights lawsuit against Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The CROWN Act, which took effect in September, prohibits race-based hair discrimination.
‘I’m glad that we are being heard, too. I’m glad that things are moving and we’re getting through this.’
An attorney for the boy and his family said he is being punished ‘because his hairstyle does not fit the Eurocentric ideal of neat and clean.’
His family argues the punishment violates the CROWN Act, which became law in Texas in September and is intended to prohibit race-based hair discrimination.
The student’s family says the school is violating the state CROWN Act.
The incident recalls debates over hair discrimination in schools and the workplace and is already testing the state’s newly enacted CROWN Act, which took effect Sept. 1.