17-year-old Jenesis Johnson of Tallahassee has been wearing her hair in a natural afro on and off for the past seven months. No faculty at her school had a problem until one day a teacher decided to call her out on it, in front of the entire class. The teacher asked her how long was she going to rock that hairstyle and then students began to point at her and ask about her hair routine.
Two days later at her shool, North Florida Christian, she was called to the assistant principal’s office where her she was told “your hair is extreme and faddish and out of control. It’s all over the place,” She was told that she could return to the school for the rest of the week, but after that she’d have to change her hair or she wouldn’t be allowed to return to school and her family will be refunded as it was against school policy for her hair to be like that.
Jenesis and her mother were hurt about this saying:
Jenesis says, “It hurts me. It’s hurting me. For my people behind me, the younger ones, they’re going to have hair like me. Why can’t they wear their natural hair?”
Her mother is also upset at the turn of events. She says, “You might say that it didn’t fit the handbook. But I saw, and what she heard is a woman telling her that she’s not pretty; her hair does fit society.”
Mrs, Johnson went on to say, “I wanted to counteract what was told to her and let her know that, you are so beautiful. Your hair is also.”