The school and the Virgo family have been fighting this battle for the past two years.
This Friday, Jamaica’s high court said that Kensington Primary School was well within its rights to require a 5-year-old to cut off her dreadlocks before attending classes.
Kensington Primary told Sherine and Dale Virgo that their daughter would have to cut her hair for hygiene reasons.
The school, which is located just outside of Kingston, has rules that explicitly ban dreadlocks. The Ministry of Education also issued guidelines that state all hairstyles must be “neat.”
Commodification of Black bodies
It is important to acknowledge