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Students at Massachusetts Charter School Fight Do-Rag Ban



    Dresscode Controversy at Lynn Charter School

    Students at a charter school in Lynn are protesting a dresscode policy against durags.

    (Published Friday, March 9, 2018)

    A Massachusetts charter school has banned students from wearing do-rags, headgear students argue is part of their culture.

    Seventeen-year-old Gisnael Silva, a junior at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, tells the Daily Item he and other students of color have faced suspensions or have been removed from class for refusing to take off their do-rags this week.

    Dean of Students and Culture Shauna-Kaye Clarke sent an email about the ban to students Sunday, saying the headgear is reflective of gang culture.

    Silva argues do-rags are instead used to maintain certain hairstyles such as dreadlocks and waves.

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    The march is part of an ongoing grass roots movemnt started by students from Parkland, Florida after a gunman killed 17 people during an attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They're calling on lawmakers to change gun laws as part of their promise to help keep schools safe. 

    (Published 4 hours ago)

    Students will meet with faculty Friday to suggest changes to the dress code.

    Caleb Dolan, the school's executive director, says they are excited to see students advocate effectively for change.

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