A letter sent home with students of a Cincinnati, Ohio middle school has ignited a firestorm on social media.
Some are calling the wording used when Pleasant Run Middle School’s music teacher laid out a list of dress requirements for students to observe for the upcoming winter concert insensitive, tone deaf and racist.
In the letter, the teacher, who is African-American, said “Mohawks, large Afros or any other outlandish hairstyle is not acceptable.”
District administrators say the letter was not approved before it was sent out.
Still, some parents are defending the teacher.
DeAnna Austin says she doesn’t think the teacher meant any harm.
“He wants the best and that’s what he made sure every parent knew. When he talked about it you could feel how endearing was towards the children,” Austin says.
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