French Braid brings end to Texas Hair Fight

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MESQUITE, Texas (AP) - A 4-year-old Dallas-area boy disciplined for having long hair has returned to his class with a brand new 'do.

Pre-kindergartner Taylor Pugh rejoined his classmates at his suburban elementary school Tuesday.

Elizabeth Taylor says her son's hair is just as long as ever, but now she's styled it in a double French braid pinned up at the base of his neck. The school principal approved the style.

The boy, who prefers the nickname "Tater Tot," typically wears his hair long and had been sequestered from classmates at Floyd Elementary School in Balch Springs since late November.

The long hair violates the Mesquite school district dress code, which says boys' hair must be kept out of the eyes and cannot extend below the bottom of earlobes or over the collar of a dress shirt.

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