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October 3, 2013

Local school would not punish for dread locks

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He said that unnatural colors impede the learning process in the classroom and that kids are opening themselves to be made fun of when they wear unnatural hair colors. However, dreadlocks, afros, mohawks and spiked hair are fine, he said. He said there has been little hair-related trouble at the school. 

As for the case in Tulsa, Turner said that while he disagrees with the policy, it is up to the school to make the rules. 

Chickasha Middle School states their ban on unnatural hair colors in their handbook. The handbook is signed by each student's parents, acknowledging that they understand and agree for their children to abide by the rules therein, Turner said. 

Turner acknowledged that hairstyles with cultural implications are a touchy subject. 

"Some cultures don't even cut their hair," Turner said.

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