St. Landry

Oct 11, 2012 6:41 PM by Jenise Fernandez

St. Landry Parish Mother Says Her Son is being Treated Unfairly because of his Hair

A St. Landry Parish mother is challenging a school policy. She says her son is being treated unfairly because of the length of his hair. Northwest High School sophomore Norice Castille says school staff single him out because his hair is long. A baseball player his whole life, he says the baseball coach won't let him play on the team, unless he cuts his hair.

"I'm not gonna cut my hair to play baseball. I love baseball, but I won't do it," he said.

Norice usually ties up his long black hair in a pony tail, but staff say it needs to be up in a bun or shorter. But he says when he wears his hair in long braids, the staff doesn't bother him.

"I don't see it, just because he's a boy he's suppose to have short hair?" wondered Helen Castille.

Castille's mother Helen Castille is fighting back. She's upset girls at the school can have their hair as long as they like, but her son can't.

"We can have a girl on our football team, but he can't have long hair. I'm glad she's on the team, but where's his right?" she asked.

The principal at Northwest High says he is only following school policy that states, hair length for males must be above the collar. The principal says this policy is outlined in the student handbook that all students should have received at the beginning of the year.

"It's hair first of all. I understand the rules, but it should be for everyone," said Helen.

She says her son gets good grades and doesn't cause trouble. She doesn't understand why his hair is a problem.

"I'll continue to fight for him. This is his right as an individual. He has a right and it's just not fair," she said.

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