who are they to judge him, just because his hair is long?

We’ve got to find a way to bring some loving here today.

In Mesquite, Texas, a school board has suspended four-year-old Taylor Pugh from pre-K because his hair is long and he doesn’t want to cut it.

The district’s code against shaggy hair is in place “to avoid distractions.” Such distractions, apparently, do not include school board meetings and press conferences devoted exclusively to the shoulder-length locks of a four-year-old boy.

According to the school board, Tyler’s parents rejected the eminently reasonable compromise they proposed, “under which they would braid his hair and pin it up.” And a lot of people seem to be siding with the school here: just wear it up, what’s the big deal? But Tyler’s parents are asking what, in my opinion, is an equally reasonable question: if it’s not a big deal, then why can’t he just wear his hair as he likes?

Taylor’s dad is a tattoo artist, so you have to figure the Mesquite school board is going to dismiss anything HE does as questionable parenting. But seriously, who cares? If Taylor was showing up wearing a T-shirt that said “My mommy waters the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants,” I could see separating wee Tyler from his classmates for the good of all concerned. But his hair isn’t bothering anyone. It isn’t even that long. You can’t tell in this photo, but it’s actually kind of cute.

Here’s my point: If Ryder Robinson can set a trend in the pages of Us Weekly, why can’t Taylor Pugh fall in behind?

I’m siding with the parents here, because I think they’re right to take a stand. I mean, if Maggie’s “special play school” ever enacted a ban on filthy, hot-pink sneakers, I’d be screwed.

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