By Starshine Roshell
More than 40 years ago, security guards stopped my father at the gates of Disneyland and refused to let him enter. His crime?
Clean-cut all-American boys were welcome at the Happiest Place on Earth, but hippies not so much.
My dad starred in the rock musical "Hair," whose social and political messages espoused freedom of self-expression through love-ins, Afros or any means necessary. (My name comes from the play's song "Good Morning, Starshine.") Back then, the notion was shocking.
Wanna know what's shocking NOW? Some people are still fighting this battle. Some very, very small people, in fact.
Four-year-old Taylor Pugh was suspended in November for having hair that extends below his ears, over his shirt collar and sometimes falls in his eyes. (Um, you mean like … The Beatles
His wavy, shoulder-length locks were deemed a violation of the dress code at Floyd Elementary School in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. The pre-kindergartner and his parents refused to cut his hair, so Taylor spent months sitting in the school library with a teacher's aid during class time.
This week, he was finally allowed to return to class after his mom and dad reached an agreement with the school board: He could wear his long hair in tight french braids fastened to his head. (Wha … ?)
His mother says the braids are a hassle in the mornings. The district says it will further review its dress code over the summer. And another parent at the school told the Dallas Morning News that she supports the hair policy. "(It) encourages our children to fit into mainstream society," she said.
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