This is a photo of 4-year-old, Marcella Marino. Last Monday she was told when she went to primary school that she would not be allowed to be in the class photo because her hair-do was distracting and didn’t meet dress code.
Marcella wanted her dad, professional hair stylist, Marcello, to fix her hair up for her classmate photo, so he obliged. Like any 4-year-old girl would be, she was excited that her father was part of her special day with her classmates and she loved her hair bow made from her own hair. There was just one problem, the school she attends said No-Way! When she was told she would be banned from the photo, she was devastated and confused. The British Primary School she attends has a strict dress code. The dress code states about hair bows “that they be of dark colors, Navy Blue, Maroon, and Black.” The school also has banned braids and beads. Of course “blonde” is not an accepted color of a hair bow, so banned she was!
This story is out of England, however, don’t fall for the “well it’s happening somewhere else so it doesn’t affect me” mentality. I am positive that there is plenty of this suppression happening in our own schools. Its 4-year-olds, how strict does a dress code have to be for 4-year-olds? The school believes they are protecting the students from distractions. What’s interesting is, Marcella’s hair style broke all the rules and none of them, its her own hair, and there is no braids or beads involved in its styling.
I wonder what kind of message this little girl is getting from this ordeal?
At the time of the original story, the school had still not responded.