Sheldon Williams, Texas Student, Says School Officials Used Sharpie To Color His Hair
A Texas student is upset with school officials, saying administrators went too far when they used a permanent marker to fill in lines shaved into his hair.
Marshall Junior High student Sheldon Williams has two areas on his head where the shave is closer than the rest of his hair. School officials said it was a violation of the Marshall dress code, which prohibits "designs shaved into hair," KSLA reports.
"She said we're not supposed to have two parts, we can only have one," Williams told KSLA. "I was kind of mad cause I don't want no sharpie marker in my hair."
Williams tells KSLA that his hair has been styled and shaved like that for a while, and hasn't come across problems at school.
Williams' mother says she never received notification of the issue before the educator took a sharpie to her son's head, calling the failure to inform disrespectful.
The school's principal said it was her understanding that this was how similar violations were dealt with in the past, but regrets not calling Williams' parents and seeks to change protocol for the future.
School dress codes and how violations are handled are often contentious issues among schools, students and parents. Earlier this month, a 12-year-old Nebraska student was told by her principal she couldn't wear a necklace that looks like a rosary, citing its similarity to a gang symbol.
In August, the mother of a California elementary school student physically attacked her son's school principal after her 9-year-old son was told to turn his shirt inside-out because it had skulls and crossbones on it.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post cited portions of the story to KYTX. While KYTX contributed to the report, KSLA provided the original story.