LORAIN, OH - It’s part of African American heritage, certain hair styles passed on from generation to generation.
But when parents of students at Horizon Science Academy in Lorain read the details of the school's new dress code policy last week, many found it to be discriminatory.
“I don’t see anything wrong with afro-puff’s and braids. That’s just part of our heritage,” said one Lorain resident.
Under personal appearance, the school stated "afro-puffs and small twisted braids, with or without rubber bands are not permitted."
National public outcry has since forced the school to change its stance.
“Obviously, looking back at it, we know it was the wrong choice of words. We're deeply apologetic for it. But by no means was it any policy specifically directed to ban afro-puffs," said Dean of Students Jayson Bendik.
School officials said the error in word choice stemmed from two cases last school year when two young boys came to school with un-kept hair. One was African American and the other young man was white.
With grades K-through-10, 30-percent African American, 45-percent Caucasian and the rest Hispanic or Asian students, Horizon Science Academy prides itself on being respectful and responsible.
Bendik said it was a committee that made the error and immediately corrected it..
The new policy regarding personal appearance now reads no symbols, designs or logos in hair. No Mohawks, hair dyes or bleach hair and hair must look natural, clean and well groomed.
"It was obviously a true embarrassment for us. We admitted the mistake, we immediately deleted this as soon as we found out about it, we apologized to our parents and we're looking at moving forward," said Bendik.