Deondre Arnold

DeAndre Arnolds Story
Deandre is an African American 18 year old senior who attends Barbers Hill High school located in Mont Belveiu Texas. His family is from Trinidad & they are very strong when it comes to expressing their culture. He’s been growing his dreads for seven years, he’s an A/B student who is well over the credits he needs to graduate. His school dress codes requires his dreads to be off of his shoulders, above his earlobes, and out of his eyes he has never not once been out of school dress code but recently his hair has been a “problem” at school causing him to get a consequence of ISS(in school suspension).
“I really like that part of Trinidadian culture, so I really embrace that” stated Deandre. He’s been fine throughout his whole high school career, after Christmas break just 3 months before his graduation his school changes the school dress code policy making him unable to walk unless he cuts his dreads. His mom Sandy Mamdooh said “this is a part of whom he is, this part of our beliefs so no I will not cut his hair nor force him to.” He is now unable to attend school and walk in his upcoming school graduation until his dreads are cut.