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.
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.
Amber Guyger served with shocking sentence for the murder of Botham Jean
More than one week after her trial started and a day after she was found guilty of murder, Amber Guyger has been sentenced to 10 years, WFAA reports.
The jury has reached a sentence in the murder case against Amber Guyger.
The former Dallas officer was sentenced to 10 years.
Guyger was found guilty of murder Tuesday morning and the jury began sentencing deliberations Wednesday afternoon.
During closing arguments, the state asked the jury to sentence Guyger to a minimum of 28 years – the age Botham Jean would be today if he was still alive.
Judge Tammy Kemp told jurors that they could also consider “sudden passion.”
Texas law defines sudden passion as “passion directly caused by and arising out of provocation by the individual killed.”
Under sudden passion, a defendant faces between a two and 20-year sentence.
Over a two-day period, character witnesses for Jean and Guyger took the stand.
Bertrum Jean was first to be called by the state Wednesday morning.
“I loved my Sunday morning,” he told the courtroom Wednesday. “My Sundays have been destroyed.”
Sundays, he told the courtroom, were the days he would talk with his son on the phone after Jean returned home from church.
“Sundays are not a good day for me,” he said, breaking down in tears several times while on the stand. “Because I’m not hearing his voice.”
Jean’s mother took the stand the day before.
“I cannot sleep,” she told the courtroom. “I cannot eat. It’s just been the most terrible time for me.”
Karen Guyger, Amber’s mother, was the first witness called by the defense Wednesday.
She also became emotional on the stand as she described a young Amber Guyger, who she called sweet and someone who easily made friends.
Karen Guyger testified that a former live-in boyfriend molested Amber when she was 6 years old. He was later arrested on a charge of indecency with a child, she said.
“She was very upset,” Karen Guyger said of when her daughter first told her about the shooting. “I couldn’t understand her because she was crying so hard.”
“She wanted to take his place,” Guyger’s mother said. “She always would tell me she wished she could have taken his place.”
Tuesday, the day Guyger was found guilty, the former Dallas police officer was booked into the Dallas County jail. She was taken into custody outside of the jury’s presence at the end of the day.
All Hail the Queen of Climate Strikes –– Greta Thunberg
Greta Thunberg –– a fearless 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist who’s influencing youth around the globe to take action against global warming.
Thunberg has inspired the birth of more than 2,400 events across an estimated 115 countries and 1,000 cities from Sept. 20–27 as part of the UN climate summit. On Sept. 23, the changemaker is scheduled to make a formal address.
A few years ago, no one knew her name and, now, Thunberg has become a pint-sized force to be reckoned with, and politicians have taken notice. Who is she? Where is she from? How did she gain 1.2 million supporters? Here’s the scoop below:
August 2018 changed the game…
In her home country of Sweden, Greta staged the first school strike for climate change) outside the Swedish parliament building in August of last year. Thunberg had been inspired by a previous school class walk-out, in Florida against US gun violence, and she thought it was the best way to break ground.
It was just after Europe had experienced a record-breaking heatwave and forest fires had raged through Sweden. Her parents were unsure and none of Thunberg’s classmates were willing to join, but she went by herself, with her bike, a hand-painted sign, and climate change fact sheets.
Thunberg staged her strike every day until the Swedish national election and, slowly but surely, people started to join her.
Environmental consciousness runs in the Thunberg family…
Her father is Svante Thunberg, an actor, and author named after Svante Arrhenius, the Nobel prize-winning scientist who first calculated how carbon dioxide emissions could lead to the greenhouse effect.
Thunberg’s diagnosis’ fuel her fire for change…
She was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome four-years-ago and she has since learned how to use it as a driving force in her campaigning, instead of letting it hold her back. Her Asperger’s means that Thunberg finds facts she learns about the environment more upsetting and distressing than others, and she can’t easily shake those feelings off. It’s spurred her on to act. She has also been diagnosed with OCD and selective mutism.
Thunberg discovered peace in panicking…
When she first learned about the climate crisis, she could not believe that adults weren’t making big enough changes.
“Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire,” Thunberg wrote in a column for The Guardian. “Adults keep saying: ‘We owe it to the young people to give them hope.’ But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”
Sandy Hook ‘Back to School’ PSA leaves Chills up America’s Spine
A gut-wrenching public service announcement produced by Sandy Hook Promise, a gun violence prevention group in Newtown, CT, took social media by storm Wednesday. The chilling PSA highlights the harsh reality of gun violence threatening the lives of millions of students across America when stepping foot on a school campus. The video quickly took a repugnant turn, as a gunman enters the school, forcing many students to use everyday “essential” supplies in the face of a possible school shooting.
Sandy Hook Promise aims to not only remember the victims of gun violence but to also to help prevent future gun crime.
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