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Breaking: 11-year-old Girl Sent Home From Louisiana Private School for Wearing Hair Braid Extensions (Updated)

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The first day of school should be one of the most exciting moments in a child’s life. As for Faith Fennidy, an 11-year-old, 6th grader attending Christ the King Elementary School in Terrytown, Louisiana ––  a dreadful experience.

Faith’s older sibling, Steven Fennidy, 27, took to Facebook to express his disgust over the administration’s discriminatory “dress code” policy against hair extensions, which conflicts with Faith’s current hairstyle.

“I hate that I have to post this. But this just isn’t right. This is an issue we tried to resolve with the school, but they won’t compromise at all. My sister Faith and many little black girls wear extensions. She’s been attending this school for two years and wearing extensions.” he said in the post.

“Over the summer the school has sneakily added in a policy, that no extensions, clip-ins or weaves are allowed. Faith got a notice on the first day of class and it’s ridiculous that these schools that we are PAYING for, will go in and make policies without consulting or trying to figure out how this will affect your life or your child’s life,” he added.

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To accompany the social media post, Steven attached disturbing video footage of Faith appearing to be in complete devastation while packing her belongings amid being dismissed from school.

Additionally, Ndlyss was sent exclusive audio by Steven, of their parents Montrelle Fennidy, 45, and Steven Fennidy 48, discussing the questionable policy with the school’s principal, Dawn Swear.

According to Montrelle, Faith has been wearing her hair braid extensions at the school for 2 years with no problems.

“I am very hurt by this because my daughter is not her hair. She is the soul that lives within. You’re attacking her hair. She want’s to wear her hair the way we want her to wear it. It’s apart of our culture,” she said calmly.

Faith informed her parents that she and another girl were pulled out of class and some of the administration began touching their hair, asking if it was theirs.

In response, Swear says the school has been allowing the students to wear hair extensions for the last 20 years, but over the past few years it’s become a problem to the faculty because they’ve been, “flipping it… and doing this… and that with it.”

Montrelle says they pay tuition for her daughter to attend the private school, but will not compromise Faith’s hair and asked the principal what’s the policy for not changing it. Swear simply said, “She can’t come to school.”

Faith’s brother was present for the heated conversation and chimed in at his sister’s defense, hoping to find common ground.

“I’ve gone to private school my entire life. The policies are about what’s distracting. I’ve even gone to public school for a little while where [the students] are able to wear all [kinds of] crazy hairstyles,” he said.

“I understand not having crazy colors and all that, but what [are] the extensions doing to hurt or distract anybody from learning. You don’t know what the situation with her hair is. Do you have any Black people helping you to make rules because it should be something that is discussed.”

Despite, the validity of the Fennidy family’s points, the principal refused to reconsider the insensitive policy and will not allow Faith in school until the extensions are removed.

Faith parents believe this is an act of racial discrimination and have plans to file a lawsuit against Christ the King.

Archdiocese of New Orleans Superintendent RaeNell Houston released a statement Tuesday morning regarding the new policy.

Archdiocese of New Orleans schools develop policies appropriate for their respective schools. Christ the King Elementary School has a policy that states:  “Boys and Girls: Only the students’ natural hair is permitted.”

This policy was communicated to all parents during the summer and again before the first day of school, and was applied to all students. Furthermore, the school leadership worked with families as needed to ensure compliance.

We remain committed to being a welcoming school community that celebrates our unity and diversity.

NDLYSS was the first to break the story. Originally published –– 2:53 PM ET.

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  1. M.Renee

    08/21/2018 at 2:51 pm

    We as a people should have our own schools. Then our kids wouldn’t be bombarded with these rules that go against our culture. Whites hispanics asians they all flip their hair and swing it as well. They’re even allowed to have the crazy colors. So whats the difference with our kids. Discrimination at its highest!!

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Black Student Awarded $725k in Lawsuit against Neo-Nazi Follower

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The first black woman to serve as American University’s student government president celebrated Friday after a lawsuit win in federal court against a neo-Nazi website manager who launched an online hate movement against her.

A federal judge awarded Taylor Dumspon, 22, approximately $725,000 after The Daily Stormer blog founder Andrew Anglin failed to respond to her lawsuit.

Dumpson was named student government president in 2017. The historic moment on AU’s campus amassed the attention of dozens of white supremacists, including Anglin, who directed his followers to troll Dumpson via social media after hearing the news, and a suspect who hung nooses with bananas containing racist messages on the university’s campus.

Here’s a breakdown of Dumpson’s settlement:

  • $101,429.28 for compensatory damages
  • $500,000 for punitive damages costs
  • $124,022.10 for attorneys’ fees and costs.

The judge is also said to have placed a restraining order against Anglin, his Moonbase Holdings limited liability company, and Brian Andrew Ade for internet harassment.

“This ruling should send a strong message to other white supremacists that they can and will be held accountable for hateful activity that constitutes unlawful discrimination, no matter whether it occurs online or in the real world,” said Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The organization represented Dumpson in the case.

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Walmart Employees Call for the Corporation to Cease Profiting of Gun Sales

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Enraged Walmart employees are demanding the retail giant revoke its firearm sales following the back-to-back mass shootings at locations in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio’s downtown district. The senseless killing sprees took the lives of over 30 victims and caused dozens of critical injuries.

The aftermath has left thousands of the corporation’s employees on edge, including, Thomas Marshall, a manager in Walmart’s San Bruno, California, e-commerce office, who took the initiative to organize a massive walkout on Wednesday. Marshall also requested his associates sign a Change.org petition, calling for the retailer to refrain from selling guns and ammunition.

“We have one demand, and that is all. We value Walmart and our fellow associates, but we are no longer willing to contribute our labor to a company that profits from the sale of deadly weapons,” the petition reads.

“We would like to see Walmart take a unified and public stance against guns and gun violence. We urge our leadership to cease the sale of all firearms and ammunition, ban the public open and concealed carry of weapons on company property and in all stores, and cease WALPAC donations to NRA backed -A/A+ politicians.”

Marshall’s petition has garnered nearly 60,000 signatures and continues to rapidly climb. While the courageous manager fears his job is in jeopardy, he intends to ramp up his protest by sending the petition directly to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon.

McMillon released a statement Wednesday, expressing his grief over the shootings. He ordered violent video games to be removed from all of the stores shelves but failed to address the elephant in the room –– gun distribution.

“We’ll be thoughtful and deliberate in our responses, and will act in a way that reflects our best values and ideals, focused on the needs of our customers, associates and communities,” he wrote.

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Eric Garner Supporters Disrupt Cory Booker’s Speech during Democratic Debate

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The second Democratic debate in Detroit got real heated real quick. Just moments into Cory Booker’s speech, the presidential candidate was instantly disrupted by a rowdy group of protesters, bringing attention to the brutal killing of Eric Garner.

On July 17, 2014, Garner died after being put in an aggressive chokehold by New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo. The incident went viral and catalyzed a national movement against police brutality and racial discrimination.

Five years later, on Tuesday, the Staten Island grand jury has voted not to indict Pantaleo, causing an uproar among the Black Lives Matter organization and the victim’s family.

While the protest may have inconvenienced Booker’s moment to impress America, the timing was perfect in the eyes of the hecklers to call out the injustice they believe has occurred. ‘Fire Pantaleo!’ they chanted in unison, demanding for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio who has also thrown his hat in the 2020 election to terminate the officer effective immediately.

Booker chose to take the high road and showed his support on Twitter for the protest.

‘To the folks who were standing up to Mayor de Blasio a few minutes ago – good for you,’ he said.

‘That’s how change is made.’

De Blasio also responded, stating the issue would be resolved in 30 days but did not confirm whether the police officer would be fired.

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