Navajo child sent home on first day of kindergarten because of long hair

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SEMINOLE, Texas (PIX11) — A Texas mother says her son’s first day of kindergarten was ruined after he was sent home because his hair is too long.

Malachi Wilson, 5, is part of the Navajo Nation. His mother April told CBS 7 that is against their religion to cut their hair.

April said Malachi was excited to start school all summer but was sent home because his hair violated the school’s dress code.

The school says they were simply following procedure and their handbook states “certain recognized religious or spiritual beliefs may qualify for an exception from provisions of the dress code.”

“Our hair is sacred to us, it makes us part of who we are,” she told the station.

Malachi’s mother provided the school with documentation from the Navajo Nation, and he was enrolled by the end of the day. But she says it’s not enough.

“It’s kind of heart breaking because how do you explain to a five-year-old that he is being turned away because of what he believes in, because of his religion, because of what’s part of him, how do you explain that to him?” she said.

Malachi’s mother says she is considering taking him out of the school and may file a discrimination suit.

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