eighth grader poofy hair

The pressure for Black women to confirm to society’s definition of beauty continues as this 8th grader was sent to the principal’s office, where she was allegedly told to place her “poofy” and “unprofessional” hair in a hair tie.

According a Facebook post by the teen’s aunt, Kaysie Quansah, the principal of Amesbury Middle School (Toronto, Canada), Tracey Barnes, a black woman, reduced the student to tears after she challenged her on why other students with a different texture of hair who were also wearing their hair down weren’t being treated in the same manner.  The principal took her authority a step further and researched the child’s mother’s online presence and presented her with a few, some may say, ‘out of pocket‘ questions.

Read Kaysie Quansah’s account of the incident posted on her Facebook post:

I wake up this morning to my sister telling me that my wonderful, beautiful niece was told that she needs to change her…

Posted by Kaysie Quansah on Friday, November 6, 2015

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