Federal Lawsuit is Filed After Indiana Basketball Player is Kicked Off Team for Not Cutting His Hair

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After being kicked off the basketball team for not cutting his hair, the family of a 14-year-old Indiana student is has filed a lawsuit in federal court, asking that the school's hair policy be deemed unconstitutional.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the son of Patrick and Melissa Hayden was booted from Greensburg Junior High School's basketball team after refusing to change his hairstyle. The school requires that players' hair be above their eyebrows, collars and ears for a "clean-cut" image.

Reps for the school district say that extracurricular activities are considered a privilege, not a right, which is part of the reason why the grooming policy didn't violate the boy's rights. Greensburg Junior High also said that hairstyles that "create problems of health and sanitation, obstruct vision, or call undue attention to the athlete" are all reasons for dismissal from the team.

Last month, Blaise Taylor, a 14-year-old Alabama basketball player was banned from his team for wearing braids in his hair and violating his school's hair policy. The JV player's family filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Auburn City Schools, but dropped their dispute after reaching an agreement with the school district to standardize the grooming policy for athletes.
When we asked you if you thought athletes should be able to wear their hair however they want, 39 percent of you said yes. However, nearly 56 percent of you said disagreed, especially if the hairstyles are against school policy.

What do you think about this new case? Do you think grooming policies are unconstitutional in any way? Do you have a grooming policy at your school? %Poll-58260%

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