Vanessa VanDyke Could Be Expelled After Having Her Hair Mocked

11/26/2013 03:10 pm ET

An African-American girl could be expelled unless she cuts her hair.

On Monday, WKMG reported that 12-year-old Vanessa VanDyke was told she has a week to decide whether to cut her natural hair or leave Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Fla.

"It says that I'm unique," VanDyke said. "First of all, it's puffy and I like it that way. I know people will tease me about it because it's not straight. I don't fit in."

VanDyke's mom, Sabrina Kent, said her daughter has had the same hairstyle since the beginning of the school year, but school officials only became concerned after Kent complained to them about her daughter being teased.

"There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me that they're blaming her," Kent said.

Faith Christian Academy did not immediately return a call for comment from The Huffington Post nor did the school answer any questions from WKMG.

Kent said officials told her VanDyke's hair is a "distraction."

Miami New Times' Kyle Munzenrieder opines on what the man upstairs would think of VanDyke's possible suspension:

No official word on how God feels about this Christian school threatening to kick VanDyke out over her hair, but sources do confirm that God did indeed give VanDyke her curly hair in the first place. Sources further state that Jesus himself wasn't much of a fan of hair cuts.

Hair we go again. Two months ago, 7-year-old Tulsa girl Tiana Parker switched schools after she was forbidden to wear dreadlocks.

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