BALCH SPRINGS As the fight goes on to keep her son s hair in its natural state, Liz Taylor said the Meaquite ISD is creating a double standard and punishing her son while letting other boys and their long hair off the hook.
Pre-schooler Taylor Pugh showed up at Floyd Elementary Tuesday morning wearing a ponytail, going against the Mesquite school board's compromise which stipulated the 4-year old wear his long hair in braids.
I spent a half hour last night explaining to the board that my son s hair can't be braided like that, Liz Taylor said on Tuesday. After a certain amount of time, his scalp will actually bleed and it'll split, and I'm not going to do that to my son.
So, the only time Taylor Pugh got to sit with his classmates on Tuesday was on the sidewalk as school let out. He spent another day in in-school suspension.
His parents complained to the school board Monday night that not every student is punished for having long hair. Taylor Pugh's father showed a picture of male students with long hair receiving awards from the borad.
The same night they dismissed my son and put him into the segregation the same night, they handed an award to about a 14-year-old child. I showed them pictures of the school board handing him a Certificate of Excellence to a boy who has longer hair than my son, Liz Taylor said. They've got to hold everyone to the same standard.
According to the district dress code, boys' hair must be kept out of the eyes and cannot extend below the bottom of earlobes or over the collar of a dress shirt.
I'm not asking for my son to have a nine inch mowhawk, Liz Taylor said. I'm asking for his hair to stay in its natural form.
So, she says Taylor Pugh will not get braids and, therefore, will return to in-school suspension with a ponytail while she appeals the board's decision to the Texas Education Commission.
News 8 asked a Mesquite ISD spokesman about the photo of other long-haired male students, and he compared it to an officer not being able to catch every driver breaking the speed limit.
He said if one driver gets caught and complains about other drivers speeding, the officer will still ticket the person he caught.
In essence, Mesquite ISD officials feel as if they've done their part and will stand by their dress code policy.