I’m not saying a thing about Texas, because I’m sure it’s a perfectly lovely state. But as soon as I read about kindergartner Taylor Pugh being kicked out of his kindergarten classroom for his moderatlely long hair style, I said to myself, “Must be Texas.”
And I wasn’t wrong. I’m just sayin’.
This time it’s Mesquite, Texas, and district officials agree that their dress code is a strict one. Boys’ hair can not touch their collar, reach their earlobes on the sides, or be in their eyes. But they’re sticking to their guns (another thing that’s popular in Texas) on this one. Little Taylor can’t attend kindergarten with his friends until Mom and Dad lop his locks.
After his parents received the first letter from the school asking them to cut Taylor’s hair, the boy was suspended. His parents brought him back unshorn and the suspension was dropped, but Taylor isn’t allowed into his classroom. Instead, he works out in the hallway with an aide.
“They kicked me out that place,” Taylor — who likes to be called Tator Tot, can I get a collective awwwww — said in an interview with the Associated Press. “I miss my friends.”
And so, it’s a good old Texan stand-off. Will the parents cave and cut Taylor’s hair? Will the school district give in considering Taylor’s young age? Has anyone in this state ever heard of a ponytail? That seems like the best solution to a problem like this one.
But maybe that’s just too simple.