Tatum ISD grandmother organizes protest amid dress code controversy

Tatum ISD grandmother organizes protest amid dress code controversy


3 Trent Bennet:CONTINUING COVERAGE…ON A FAMILIES BATTLE WITH THE TATUM I-S-D BOARD…AFTER THEY CLAIM THE SCHOOLS DRESS CODE IS DISCRIMINATING AGAINST AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN.K-E-T-K’S MYE OWENS HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS STORY…AND NOW JOINS US LIVE TO GIVE US THE LATEST ON THIS 3 Mye Owens:TRENT…THE SITUATION HAS ESCULATED TO THE POINT WHERE ONE THE FAMILIES SAYS THEIR CHILDS LIFE WAS THREATENED ON FACEBOOK…BUT DISPITE THEIR FEARS…THEY SAY THIS ISSUE IS IMPORTANT…AND COULD LAWSUIT. 3 TAKE: PKGáááNAT: “I got my baby, see I got my baby. We won’t go through this, we will not go through thisáááTHIS IS GRANDMOTHER “RANDI WOODLEY”… “we will not go through this” AS SHE PICKS HER 4 YEAR-OLD GRANDSON UP FROM SCHOOL…SHE CLAIMS HE GOT IN TROUBLE FOR HIS HAIR…Randi Woodley, Grandmother: “since I have decided to send him to school in the way that he feels his best, they are now keeping him in isolation.”THIS COMES AFTER CLAIMS MADE BY “WOODLEY” THAT SUPERINTENDENT J-P RICHARDSON…GAVE HER THREE OPTIONS FOR HER GRANDSONS HAIR…TO EITHER CUT IT…BRAID IT AND PIN IT UP…OR SEND HIM TO SCHOOL IN A DRESS…MAKING HIM IDENTIFY AS A FEMALE…NOW…WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD DENYING THESE CLAIMS…WOODLEY HAS ARMED HERSELF WITH A LAWYER…Wauken McCoy, Lawyer:”I think we have a good case because the rule is discrimination in it’s face, it specifically says that male students have to cut their hair but female student do not.”CLAIMING THE PROBLEM IS THE DRESS CODE..GIVING SPECIFIC RULES FOR MALES… THAT DIFFER FROM FEMALES… CLAIMING ITS A PROBLEM OF EQUAL RIGHTS BETWEEN GENDERS… Wauken McCoy:”it seems to me that they are making kids follow gender norms and there’s no purpose behind the rule. I’ve asked the attorney for the district to justify why the rule was implemented.” Mye Owens, @MyeOwensTV: “The dispute has left the entire town split, with many people siding with the boys, and others saying the claims are hard to believe. But the consensus here in Tatum is everyone wants this to come to a peaceful end.”WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS TAKING A FIRM STAND AGAINST THE DRESS CODE AT THE PAST TWO BOARD MEETINGS…AND THE FAMILY STATING THESE TWO BOYS HAVE BEEN PULLED OUT OF CLASS…MANY WONDER CAN THE SCHOOL LEGALLY DO THAT?Wauken McCoy:”I mean I would say no. Obviously miss woodley objected to her kid being sent home, I think its relatory for them to send a kid home.”BUT DISPITE THREATS…THOSE WHO CARE FOR THIS BOY HAVE THE SAME GOAL…Randi Woodley, Grandmother: “I hope that we can get the rules changed, I hope that they will allow the children to go back into class and interact with other children, I hope that they realize that we’re talking about children, and we’re talking about a 3 ponytail.”A FIRM STANCE AGAINST TATUM I-S-D. 3 Mye Owens:”WOODLEY” SAYS THE SCHOOL PLANS ON KEEPING HER GRANDSON IN ISOLATION…UNTIL HIS HAIR STANDARDS.Trent Bennet:MYE…DOES THE FAMILY PLAN ON OFFICIALLY FILING A CLASS ACTION SOON?Mye Owens: AFTER TALKING TO THEIR LAWYER…HE SAYS HE IS GIVING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT UNTIL THIS THURSDAY TO REACH OUT TO HIM AND START A CONVERSATION TO FIND MIDDLE GROUND ON THE ISSUE…BUT COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE IN SUPPORT OF THE TWO BOYS…PLAN ON STAGING A BOYCOTT FRIDAY MORNING AT 7-30 OUTSIDE THE TATUM I-S-D ADMINISTRATION BUILDING…SO IT’S GOING TO BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHERE THIS LEADS. 3 3

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