JSMH: This Utah Teen Violated Her School's Dress Code By Wearing Dreadlocks

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This school year hasn't gotten off to the best start when it comes to the recent string of ridiculous dress code violations, but this next story crosses the line in an entirely different way. In the case of Lincoln Academy​ charter school 8th grader Caycee Cunningham, her alleged offense has to do with wearing dreadlocks.

"I guess it's just like representing like me turning over a new leaf and like trying to find myself," Caycee said about her dreadlocks, which she was inspired to grow after a visit to Guatemala sparked her belief in Hinduism.

Despite Caycee's religious proclamation, the school doesn't appear to be backing down from their guidelines, which warns against students having "unnatural hair colors and distracting haircuts​." Unfortunately, that leaves a lot of room for interpretation. In the eyes of Caycee's mom Tonya Judd, it's a clear-cut case of discrimination.

Not only have they been racially profiling my daughter because she happens to be a white girl with dreadlocks, but it's also taking away the rights of my daughter's religious beliefs and her spiritual journey," Tonya said.

In the meantime, Lincoln Academy Principal Jacob Hunt says that Caycee won't be punished if she continues wearing her dreadlocks, but that he would like to have a sit-down with her mother to find middle ground about her hair. Hopefully this all blows over so the focus can be on Caycee's ability to embrace her individuality instead of her hairstyle.
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