A PETITION to allow boys to tie their hair up at Austin Cove Baptist College gained more then 100 supporters.
The Allow Boys to have Hair Tied up at Austin Cove Baptist College petition called the school’s hair policy “blatant sexism”.
The school’s boys’ hair policy states: “hair should not be longer than collar length and no shorter than No. 1.” For girls: “hair that is longer than collar length or that hangs in the face must be tied back and pinned.”
The student who started the petition asked what affect his hair had on his education?
“Absolutely none, so why would I not be able to wear my hair tied up neatly?” he asked.
“Hair has no detriment on my education and will not change my ability to learn, and my hair would neither be a distraction to other peers seeing that girls have tied up hair anyway.”
The student said some may argue boys with their hair tied up looks unpresentable for the school.
“But if a boy is more confident with longer hair then that will show in how he presents himself,” he said.
“If someone was insecure about their hair that wouldn’t be as confident maybe then not look as presentable.
“Confidence is the number one thing to look well dressed.”
The student said the Baptist school policy-makers should consider that it was a common belief Jesus had long hair.
“Also Samson a powerful man in the Bible who actually gained his strength from his hair and wasn’t allowed to cut it,” he said.
The petition called for more acceptance and not denying males their right of expression.
“What is this teaching the kids, that if everyone isn’t similar or how we like them we shouldn’t accept them for who they are,” he said.
“This is the complete opposite of a good school environment.
“This is blatant sexism and needs to be put to a stop, it’s the 21st century and we need to make a change for the future.”
The petition at change.org was closed for unspecified reasons.
Austin Cove Baptist College did not respond to requests for comment.