Assistant Principal Done Lost His Damn Mind.
Okay, I’m speaking solely as a father here. In a recent bout against Black popular culture, an Assistant Principal of a school in Texas decided the best way to approach a uniform violation was to use a permanent marker to color in a students hair.
That’s right, permanent marker. This was an Assistant Principal’s solution to a student coming in with a design in his hair.
I couldn’t imagine my approach if my son came home with a permanent marker in his hair. I honestly don’t know if I’d be more upset with my son than I would be with the Assistant Principal that done lost his damn mind.
I’d be upset with my son because he didn’t ask to call me directly so that I could give him perspective on the situation. But honestly speaking, these are the unfortunate circumstances that black and Latinx students face daily. We put our kids in schools with folks that are not culturally informed, and these folks continue to degradate our children.
The Assistant Principal Has Rights.
Some folks are going to come to the aid of this Assistant Principal. They’ll say he was following policies and procedures. If he were a revered AP in his district, he’d find a new job in no time. That’s how the system works, recycling administrators.
When will this constant assault on black culture end? Our kids deserve better than this. These strict policies outlined by districts don’t create a safe learning environment. It does, however, develop a life of servitude. When you treat kids like they are in prison, they’ll become prisoners. And I don’t know one parent that is willingly sending their kid to school to become a felon. Yet by having these “whip cracking” reactions to these culturally unjust policies creates a school to prison pipeline.
Dialogue That Disrupts the Lack of Cultural Acuity.
The only real way to address these types of issues is to create dialogue. It goes back to training educators on how to engage families. It also calls for educators to respect other people’s children. Whenever I engage in dialogue with my students, I always approach it thinking about how I would want an educator to engage with my children. By incorporating this mindset, it helps me to make sound decisions. In the rare occasions that I question my choices, I’ll call a colleague for advice. Before I make any final decision, I’m calling that students parents. Why? Because as a parent I would expect a phone call from an educator making a decision about my child.
The adults in this instance dropped the ball. Now it’s up to this family to help this child put this incident behind him. It’ll be hard for Black and Brown parents to trust educators in this district. If I were in this district as a parent, I would ask for a policy review. As parents, we have to understand our rights. This type of incident is exactly why I support a parent’s union. The students should have a union as well. If educators are offered protection to do hideously stupid things to our families, parents and students deserve equal protection to ensure they are afforded protection as well.