The high school student who was suspended by his school for refusing to cut his dreadlocks, has been invited to the Oscars by Hair Love director, Matthew A. Cherry, Hollywood actress Gabrielle Union and her husband, Dwyane Wade.
"We've all been so inspired by your story, and this is the very least we can do to thank you for standing up for yourself and for your right to wear your natural hair in school," said director Matthew A. Cherry in the video.
Cherry also wrote on Twitter, "Since Deandre Arnold's school didnt want to let him walk at his graduation because of his hair we figured that he should walk with us on the red carpet at the #Oscars as our special guest. Thank you @itsgabrielleu @DwyaneWade & @Dove for their help. @itsgabrielleu & @DwyaneWade are flying Deandre & his family out to LA for the Oscars and taking care of their loding/car service & our partners at @Dove are giving Deandre & his mom the red carpet treatment by taking care of their tickets, wardrobe & glam for the big night."
School officials demanded that he cut his hair, and when Deandre Arnold refused, he was sent to in-class suspension. As a result, the teen might not get to attend his senior prom, and he might not even get to walk across the stage with his friends come graduation.
"They say that even though my hair is up and I follow all of the regulations, that if it was down, it would be out of dress code," he told NBC affiliate KPRC. "Not that I'm out of dress code, but if I was to take it down, I would be out of dress code, which doesn't make any sense. I don't take it down at school."
The district handbook says that they do allow dreadlocks, but says that male students' hair cannot extend below the eyebrows or ear lobes, and must be kept shorter than the top of a T-shirt collar. His locs are currently shoulder length.
"He should get to choose who he identifies himself as, and he shouldn't be discriminated against," his mother, Sandy Arnold told CNN said. "You don't tell girls they can't have short hair. It's so much bigger than DeAndre."