Discrimination over the refusal to cut his locs has earned a teenage Rastafarian indefinite suspension from a Louisiana school. The cutting of hair goes against Rastafarian belief. Instead hair is kept in its natural state and allowed to grow freely.
The Raw Story reports, the teen’s mother sent a letter to the school superintendent outlining the significance of hair within the religion penned from the 1st Church of Rastafar I. Allegedly, the superintendent responded that the reason was not good enough for the school to over look dreadlocks.
When she asked what type of documentation would suffice, the superintendent told her he was not a lawyer.
The ACLU stands in support of the teen and has contacted the Plaquemines Parish School Board via letter on Monday. In my opinion, the ACLU is on point. They understand that this is another case of discrimination against religious freedom. The ACLU supports the young teen because they know his religious freedoms are being trampled on. I support him because he needs to be in school AND this is a violation of his right to practice religious freedom.