Jenesis Johnson, a 17-year-old 11th grader at North Florida Christian in Tallahassee, is another black student that has gotten into trouble because of her hair. According to Jenesis, she has been wearing her hair in an Afro on and off since the 7th grade, and this last time, for the last seven months. She has never had a problem until the last two weeks of school when Jenesis says her teacher asked, “How long are you rocking that hairstyle?”
Jenesis says students then asked questions about the maintenance of her hair. Two days later, Jenesis was called into the assistant principal’s office. “She said your hair is extreme and faddish and out of control. It’s all over the place,” Jenesis recalled.
NFC is a private school, and the student handbook reads, “No faddish or extreme hairstyles and hair should be neat and clean at all times. The administration will make the decision on any questionable styles.”