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The Horizon Science Academy in Lorain, Ohio recently announced new dress code rules that are to be implemented in the fall.

Most rules from the school were understandable such as no torn clothing, extreme make up and facial piercings. However, two other rules state “afro-puffs and small twisted braids, with or without rubber bands are NOT permitted”.

These two rules have garnered much criticism and anger from parents because they feel these rules are racist towards the African-American community.

Complaints from parents have forced the school administration to review the rules. The school insists they didn’t mean to offend anyone.

The Academy administration states, “by no means did we have any intention of creating bias towards any of our students. We truly apologize … and want to thank everyone for their feedback”.


An Advisory Board Member, James Knight, states that the rule was a misunderstanding, Knight himself who is African-American and has four African-American sons states that the rule was supposed to be directed to the males.

“It had nothing to do with young ladies, young African-American ladies. It was really more so addressing young African-American men here at this school,” said Knight. “We want to maintain a certain type of college prep culture here, and we just want the young men to be well-groomed”.

Regardless, the school ultimately decided to leave those two rules out.