Father sues school for sending daughter home for wearing dreadlocks

A Kenyan man has sued a school for sending daughter home for wearing dreadlocks.

The father, who wears dreadlocks himself went to the high court to defend his daughter’s right to wear her hair in locks, reports CitizenTV.

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Father sues school for sending daughter home for wearing dreadlocks


The father, through counsel Wambui Shadrack has sued the Board of Governors of Olympic High School in Kibra for sending home the newly admitted Form One girl ordering that she shaves her dreadlocks to be accepted in the school.

The petitioner alleges that the child reported to school on January 10, 2019 and commenced her Secondary education with excitement and joy. He also said the daughter was in class when she was summoned by the deputy headteacher, who sent her away ordering that she only returns to school after shaving her dreadlocks.

“I have sought an audience with the deputy headteacher, headmaster and education officer based in Kibra and explained that the dreadlocks are as a result of cultural and religious beliefs and no one has listened to us,” says the father.

The parent states that his, wife and their five children are members of the Rastafarian Society of Kenya as well as ardent followers of the Rastafarian religion.

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He adds that his fourth-born daughter, aged 15, and who is the subject of the suit, attended and completed her primary school education at the Shadrack Kimalel Primary School, Ngumo and scored 282 marks in her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education with no interference with her hairstyle.

Further, the applicant avers that significant to their religious beliefs, he together with the entire family, keep dreadlocks not as a fashion statement but as a clear distinction between themselves and non-rastas.

The matter was certified as urgent and adjourned for hearing on January 16, 2018.

179 Comments

  1. That’s not right how can they send her home because of her dreadlocks its her head and the students have right too since its their believed the school should let it go

  2. Yes its a good thing,,so far the school can not send a student wearing ijahb home,,definitely, d sch don’t have d right to send a student with dreadlocks home.

  3. Does dreadlocks affect her performance in school, No. Maybe they are afraid of contacting disease because of the dread.

  4. Once the dreadlocks is real not fake, she’s not supposed to be sent home, as the father even came to explain that it is not for fashion statement but for religious.

  5. I love what the father did
    Let them fight fir their right
    School is a public place, you see different people and tradition there
    You can’t just decide to abolish dregs bcos it’s your school

  6. If he really wants the daughter to go to that school, he should be ready to OK with all the school rules and regulations. period.

  7. Did the child just started going to school. Or did the child just grow the dread.

    Questions that needs to be answered.

  8. What concerns school and dreadlocks.. Since when is it there job tell one what kind of hair she/ he can carry. I tire

  9. THIS IS MADNESS,WHY SUING A SCHOOL BECUX THE ASKED YOUR DAUGHTER TO SHAVE HER DREADLOCKS,IS A SIMPLE INSTRUCTION FOLLOW IT OR TAKE YOUR DAUGHTER HOME AND TEACH HER YOURSELF

  10. Based on the reasons for the dreadlocks given by the father, I think the school should reconsider as this is a special case. Everyone has right of religion.

  11. Such father’s are usually the ones responsible for their childrens downfall. Because they won’t allow them to be corrected.

  12. They shouldn’t have admitted her in the first not to send her home after she has been in school. Did they see her her dread when she was seeking admission?

  13. I would like to know the end of this story. However my opinion is that she should not be removed from school based on her dread locks. Period

  14. If the school don’t want dread, why not cut it or cahnge her school to where it can be accepted instead of all this drama of suing the school?

  15. When you come to Rome you behave like Romans, every organization have a policy and it must be kept.

  16. The father should change her school or better still the school should make a way of living them like that

  17. Mr is either you obey the school rules and regulations or you take your daughter to another school simply.

  18. That is the code of conduct of the school and I think every parent should abide by the School’s code of conduct.

  19. That’s not right how can they send her home because of her dreadlocks its her head and the students have right too since its their believed the school should let it go

  20. The deadlock, since is natural it has nothing to do with her performance. They should try to consider the family since is not the only one wearing the deadlock or else the father should look for a away out by sending her to another school.

  21. African countries with their unacceptable this and that. It’s annoying. They will ignore the main thing and the reason why they’re teachers and be focusing on things that won’t benefit their students. Keeping any kind of hair should not be a problem.

  22. Since the matter has being adjoins, we are waiting for the he next proceeding. But, if it is not accepted abide by it.

  23. Please let us be law abiding citizen and student if its against the school law fine no big deal Xmas period is over let’s look normal and abide in school regulations

  24. What a excuse for the school management. So poor and incompetent. Don’t the students make their hair. Well done Sir… They need to pay for damages

  25. It might be amongst the school rules and regulations on students, if it has been their rules, then i guess it’s discipline, but if they did it without genuine reason, then the school can just be called to ammend that, but whatsoever, i think the school has a disciplined structure and that’s one of them

  26. its her head and the students have right too since its their believed the school should let it go

    Reply

  27. Why must you send the child home because of dreadlocks. Sometimes you teachers make problem with what is not supposed to say anything

  28. This terrible
    The deadlock, since is natural it has nothing to do with her performance. They should try to consider the family since is not the only one wearing the deadlock or else the father should look for a away out by sending her to another school.

  29. Dreedlock is not a curse but an inheritance and since it did not affect her performance so they would let her be or the father should take her to another school

  30. The school said they don’t want dread lock and its not part of the dressing code, so why are you sueing them, its either you cut the dread lock or you take her to another school. Simple

  31. This one is not style or fashion but religion, if they are many religion on earth so I think his reasons is legit

  32. Too much money dey worry the man… He would have just gone to the school and speak with the authority… They would have settled it… Or better still change school

  33. If the school dosen’t accept dreadlocks they shouldn’t have admitted her in the first place.

  34. For the fact he met with the school b4 & they didn’t give him audience. I think he did what is right by seeking the law.

  35. The School should be the one choosing hair style for the students.
    Let him go to court and see may be he will win the case

  36. There is usually a dress code for every environment, if you can’t fit in get out tthen and don’t be a bad influence on others

  37. Same thing in by beloved country Nigeria. There is a certain hair u bab they say u are a bad boy. In Nigeria, u are accessed by ur hair style. Bad. God bless Nigeria

  38. This matter is thick o, cultural and religious beliefs, govt abeg consider her o, we kuku av Nigerians who kept natural dreads throughout school here in nigeria

  39. its points are actually clear, but didn’t the school set out their standard before even admitting the Girl?

  40. If it is not harmful, and also not creating a bad influence on other students, then there should be no reason for suspension…

  41. The child came to learn, I see no reason why he should be denied that.unless “right to one’s choice of religion or belief” does not apply in kenya

  42. School is a public place, you see different people and tradition there
    You can’t just decide to abolish dregs bcos it’s your school

  43. You have money for lawyer, time to waste, what kind of cultural and religious beliefs, OK Na…..let the Rastafarian society bring out schools for your children, it would go a long way to solve issues.

  44. the school shouldn’t have admitted her at first if they know that dreadlocks is not allowed,they have no right to send her away that’s not fair,since it’s their religion and believe moreover it dosent affect her academic performance moreover her school cert she did very well 284 or so.so she is brilliant her dreadlocks is not affecting anything

  45. Is that what they call discipline? They would have told them before admitting the girl. Why now that is unfair

  46. When she came for registration nobody told her dreadlock is not allowed now they sending her home.they should allow d girl since it runs in the family.

  47. Is that what they call discipline? They would have told them before admitting the girl, why now it really unfair.

  48. The child should be expelled, how could sue a school for having discipline? This is serious o

  49. They should have told her parents when they brought for registration,that dreadlocks is not allowed than sending her back home after admitting her to the school.

  50. Thumbs up and still thumbs down. It kind of a mixed feelings bcs at one side d school is right at d other d man is wrong. Also at one side d man his right and wrong both at d same time. Who understands what I mean should explain better

  51. They shouldn’t have sent her back home for it because some people wear natural dreadlocks and they should have made it known before giving them admission that their school does not support dreadlocks…

  52. If d school is against it why is there going on to sue the school jxt change ur daughter to another

  53. what wrong in her wearing a dreadlocks so long as it’s her natural hair and not artificia, she should be allowed ooo to be herself. .

  54. But in a normal sense, that is a disciplinary act, and nothing attached to it,. So suing the teacher is a waste of time and resources

  55. But in a normal sense, it is a disciplinary act and nothing more. It shouldn’t be allowed and the school rules and regulations must be adhered to

  56. Based on this man explanations, he said the type of his daughter dreadlocks as a result of cultural and religious beliefs and not the other ones for fashion. They should have pardon/overlooked that, whichever hair done, this is a learning center.

  57. Yes the have to stand up and claim their right, if wearing of dreadlocks is forbidden by the law of the school or of the country you have to clarify the man, the man refuses to be intimidated.

  58. It’s the school princi5just as your religion has. So I suggest you take your child to a school that accepts dreadlocks

  59. What their problem we are shouting morals morals morals everyday let’s face the fact all those politicians living with low-cut were also trained the same way yet see where we are, people should be allowed to express themselves if we truly what to be a developed nation we need to allow the freedom of expression

  60. It’s the school’s rule so they have to obey it or she will have to move to another school where she can be accepted.

  61. Nobody is above the law the school dont take it so its either you remove the dreads or remove your daughter its simple dont tell the school how to place their rules and regulation

  62. Can this thing really take place in this world am so shock of hearing and seeing this what are we actually encouraging please other parent should not follow man

  63. Schools also have their own rules and regulations governing them, so your daughter’s hair should be shaved

  64. The discipline is good but they should also consider cultural beliefs too, the father and the girl didn’t style their hair for fashion, it has to do with their cultural beliefs. The school should have a second thought.

  65. I believed that the student in question must have gone to the school to check the school before applying into the school. Why didn’t the school tell her and the parents in the first place that she can not come to school with deadlock. It would have been better that way. The parents could have been able to decide on whether to continue with the school or not.

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