7-Year-Old Native American Student Removed From School For Traditional Mohawk Haircut


John Vibes | The Free Thought Project

St. George, Utah — This week, a 7-year-old Native American student was sent home from school because he had a traditional mohawk haircut, which is common in many native cultures. According to school officials, the boys haircut was “distracting” and a violation of school policy.

The school’s dress code states that: “Extremes in body piercings, hair styles and hair colors may be considered a distraction or disruption.”

The school was forced to allow him to return to school after a representative of the Seneca National Tribe wrote a letter to school administrators urging them to respect the Seneca culture.

“It is common for Seneca boys to wear a Mohawk because, after years of discrimination and oppression, they are proud to share who they are. It’s disappointing that your school does not view diversity in a positive manner, and it is our hope that (the boy) does not suffer any discrimination by the school administration or faculty as a result of his haircut,” Seneca Nation Tribal Councilor William Canella said.

According to the boy’s father, the school assumed that since his brother did not have a mohawk, that he somehow had no right to express his heritage.

“I have two (sons) who go to Arrowhead. My other boy, he’s 10, didn’t want a Mohawk and went with the non-native haircut, kind of high and tight. So the principal says well, you have another son here who doesn’t have a Mohawk, why can’t you cut (the younger boy’s) hair that way too,” Gary Sanden, the boy’s father said.

School administrators have defended the actions, saying that they just needed to see “documentation” and proof of a cultural link.

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  • Shinji’s Soul Reaver

    US schools are all about assimilation. Critical thinking skills and self-expression are frowned upon.

  • Don McWilliam

    The freaking school is called Arrowhead Elementary. How ridiculous will the US get?

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  • Mark Mason

    This is all so much nonsense. Why can’t a NEW form of self-expression be formed TODAY? Why can’t I START a tradition?