Four-year-old Jabez was so excited to start school at Barbers Hill Kindergarten Center. But on the little guy’s first day of school, his mom Jessica Oates received a call from the principal that changed everything. Apparently, the 4-year-old was violating the school policy in a major way. So major in fact that he was not allowed back unless changes were made. It seemed that his longer hair violated school policy, which states that boys’ hair must be cut to a length above the eyes, ears and neck. If not, the child must have a letter submitted to the school citing a religious or cultural exception to the rule. Boys also cannot sport ponytails or hair accessories.

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So on his second day of school, Jessica sent Jabez to school with his hair pulled back in a bun using a black hair tie. But that also warranted a call from the principal. She told the assistant superintendent with whom she ended up meeting with that the rule is “blatant discrimination” against herself and her child. “.I’m not understanding how long hair would exclude my child from an education in this school district.” Jessica recorded the meeting with the assistant superintendent via Facebook Live and demanded to know if it was harder to teacher her son simply because he has long hair.

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The assistant superintendent clarified that it is the school board who sets school policy. Jessica was later contacted by the assistant superintendent who confirmed that Jabez would not be allowed back in school. Jessica refuses to cut her son’s hair, leaving the little boy caught in the middle of a heated battle when all he wants to do is go to school. See the whole situation unfold in the video below.