Kindergartner kicked out of Belmont Catholic school class because of haircut; family taking legal action

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BELMONT (KRON) — A little boy’s haircut has caused a Catholic school controversy.

A kindergartner was kicked out of class because of his hair style. Now, his family said they are taking legal action.

Kindergartner Jalyn Broussard loves his toys and his haircut because he said they are “really cool.” But his former school, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic school in Belmont did not.

In December, his mother, Mariana Broussard, got a call from his teacher to come pick him up in the middle of the day.

“She said Jalyn’s haircut falls outside of policy, and we would like you to come get him and not bring back until his hair is cut,” Mariana said.

Jalyn has what is called a modern fade cut, short on the sides and longer on top. The hairstyle policy at IHM does not allow for extreme hairstyles like faux-hawks or spiking.

“I don’t know why two inches of hair in the middle of his head and a quarter inch on the side would unduly the influence the school,” Mariana said.

Mariana says Jalyn was singled out. Other kids at the school have similar cuts, and none of them were ever asked to change their looks.

“This was very clear blatant double standards,” Mariana said.

Jalyn got a haircut and went back to class, but after attempts to communicate with the school broke down, in January, Mariana said she took Jalyn and his older brother out of school–a difficult move.

“It was a lot of tears, a lot of tears, a lot of crying,” Mariana said.

She has filed a race discrimination complaint, seeking tuition reimbursement and for the school to make policy changes that embrace diversity.

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