NFL star Deandre Hopkins has shown his support for a Black teenager who was suspended from his high school for refusing to cut his locs.
Hopkins hopped onto Twitter and posted the following message of support:
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."
Since news spread of the incident, the school administrators have been blasted by the general public as racist.
Superintendent Greg Poole denied the allegations to CNN.
"People want to call us racist, but we're following the rules, the law of the land," he said, arguing that the policy is fully within the realms of the law. "We're certainly not making this up."