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Jordan Winder wanted to attend St. Augustine High School, a private, all-boys Catholic school in New Orleans.
Although his father was enrolled in the school at Jordan’s age, the 15-year-old ended up attending public school because his dreadlocks went against St. Augustine’s grooming policy, which specifically bans the style as well as hair that is longer than 1 inch, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
I decided to grow my hair at a young age. Just to stand out, to be different, Jordan told the SPLC. I never really liked having a fade or a bush. I just decided to grow my hair out. I just couldn’t go to school where I wanted. It made me feel pretty disappointed.
Stories like Jordan’s are not unusual.