Published Online: August 19, 2014

Ala. family challenging school district dress code

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — The family of a northwest Alabama teen who was sent home from school because of her hair color says the district could face a Civil Rights Act lawsuit if its policy isn't revised.

Kim Boyd has said her 15-year-old daughter Hayleigh Black was sent home from Muscle Shoals High School because her red hair was considered a violation of the district's dress code. The policy calls for hair to be dyed natural colors.

Attorney Jonathan McGee tells the TimesDaily (http://bit.ly/1tlhynr ) the family wants the district to revise its policy and let Black dye her hair red again.

McGee says the policy and Black being sent home from school violates her constitutional rights. School board attorney Taylor Brooks says case law supports districts' ability to stipulate hairstyles in school dress codes.

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Information from: TimesDaily, http://www.timesdaily.com/


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