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long-haired kindergartner

[S/ Adriel Arocha/ 5 years old :07-:10 ]

[L/ Needville, Texas :12-:15 ]

[S/ Kenney Arocha/ Adriel Father :30-:36 ]

[S/ Shelly Sullivan/ Needville Resident :46-:55 ]

[S/ Curtis Rhodes/ Needville Schools Superintendent 1:00-1:06 ]

[S/ Michelle Betenbaugh/ Adriel's Mother 1:18-1:28 ]

(--ANCHOR LEAD--)

A TEXAS SCHOOL BOARD HAS DECIDED NOT TO CHANGE ITS POLICY REGARDING THE LENGTH

OF MALE STUDENTS HAIR.

ELIZABETH SCARBOROUGH REPORTS.

(-- PKG --)

FIVE YEAR OLD ADRIEL AROCHA HAS NEVER CUT HIS HAIR. AND WHEN YOU ASK HIM WHY,

HE HAS A SIMPLE RESPONSE.

S/ Adriel Arocha/ 5 years old :07-:10

"Because, it tells me how long I've been here."

HIS MOTHER PUTS HIS HAIR IN BRAIDS EVERY MORNING. BUT NOW HIS TWO BRAIDS ARE

THE CENTER OF A CONTROVERSY.

THE NEEDVILLE SCHOOL BOARD HELD A PUBLIC HEARING ON WHETHER TO ALLOW LITTLE

ADRIEL TO KEEP HIS HAIR LONG DESPITE THAT THEIR DRESS CODE RULES SPECIFY THAT

BOYS CAN NOT HAVE HAIR BELOW THE WEB. ADRIEL'S FATHER SAYS HIS HAIR IS PART OF

THEIR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE, THEIR BELIEFS.

s/ Kenney Arocha/ Adriel Father :30-:36

"It's our life experiences. It's our wisdom, it's our faith, our ancestry."

BUT MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY SPOKE OUT TO UPHOLD THE RULE.

S/ (UNKNOWN RESIDENT) :39-:45

Yes, we're a small town so people may think we're backwards. People may think

we're hicks, but I don't agree with that."

s/ Shelly Sullivan/ Needville Resident :46-:55

And I'm just afraid that if the school district decides to give in and accept

to change the rules for these parents, other problems are going to come into

the future."

THE SUPERINTENDENT SAID HE HAD ALREADY DENIED ANY CHANGES, BUT ON DIFFERENT

GROUNDS.

S/ Curtis Rhodes/ Needville Schools Superintendent 1:00-1:06

"He's not an enrolled student, has not suffered harm, has not been denied an

education."

ULTIMATELY THE BOARD DECIDED THEIR RULES WOULD NOT CHANGE.

THE FAMILY SAYS THEY'RE MOVING INTO THIS HOUSE AND THE DISTRICT IN A FEW WEEKS

AND THE DISTRICT WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH ADRIEL'S HAIR EVENTUALLY.

S/ Michelle Betenbaugh/ Adriel's Mother 1:18-1:28

"I really wasn't surprised. I knew that they would say no. The whole not living

in district yet was a little bit of a surprise. But it just seems like another

hoop that we're going to have to jump through."

(-- ANCHOR TAG --)

ADRIEL'S MOTHER SAYS THEY PLAN TO ENROLL HIM IN SCHOOL AND WILL BRING HIM TO

KINDERGARTEN ON HIS FIRST DAY WITH LONG HAIR.

SHE SAYS IF THEY ARE SENT HOME, THEY'LL TRY AGAIN THE NEXT DAY.

CONTACT: SHARI BUFORD

PHONE: 704-329-3529

FROM: KPRC

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