A Mom Can’t Find a School for Her Son Because of His Hair
Every school enforces rules and regulations, often requiring students and parents to comply, even when they appear unnecessary. And this is where we meet 11-year-old Farouk James. Known on social media for his one-of-a-kind hair, he’s struggling to find a school that accepts his uniqueness.
An 11-year-old child model named Farouk James, well-known in the fashion world with over 250,000 Instagram followers, as well as his mother Bonnie, are facing a challenging task in finding him a school to attend. Many UK schools have specific rules about hair length, and due to Farouk’s long locks, schools often advise them to trim his hair before he can return to class.
Bonnie believed this was unfair, as her son’s hair was entirely natural and not dyed or styled. She argued that if Farouk were a girl, the school would not object to his hair length, viewing this as a clear case of discrimination.
Farouk has always had voluminous hair that could be seen even before birth through prenatal scans. He cherishes his locks and becomes upset at the thought of cutting them to attend school.
Bonnie had previously enrolled Farouk’s elder brother, where hair length had been a constant topic of discussion. She had hoped that the school’s hair policy might have evolved since then, as her elder son, now 23, had been deemed to have hair that was “too short.”
However, she discovered that many school rules and regulations regarding appearance remained unchanged. This meant that Farouk would need to cut his hair to attend school, a prospect Bonnie strongly rejected.
In response, Bonnie initiated a viral campaign for change, gathering support from parents facing similar issues, particularly those with children sporting dreadlocks and Afro hairstyles. Together, Bonnie and her son aim to challenge these seemingly arbitrary school rules and bring about meaningful change.
“We’re getting a real team together and calling it the Mane Generation. We’re going to fight this until these rules get changed. And it’s globally, not just domestically in the UK,” she declared.