TULSA, Okla., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Okla., amended its policy on hairstyles after telling a student her dreadlocks violated the dress code.
The charter school faced public outrage and allegations of racial discrimination after the story was picked up by national media. The backlash prompted school leaders to discuss a change in the policy, which came after a two-hour board meeting Monday, KOKI-TV, Tulsa, reported.
The student, Tiana Parker, 7, was sent home last week after being told her hairstyle violated policy at the school. Her parents have since transferred her to another school.
The charter school's categorization of dreadlocks and other "natural" hairstyles for African-American students as forbidden "faddish styles" sparked outrage, the Tulsa World said.
The school board Monday softened this policy toward students' hair, reserving the right to contact parents or guardians on "any personal hygiene issues that it believes causes a risk" to other students or to the "educational environment."