HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — A high school in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district is under fire after parents say the school’s cheerleading policy discriminates against their kids.
Five Hopewell High School moms say their daughters made the cheerleading team but were told if they wear braids or wigs, they would be kicked off the squad.
The district tells WCNC Charlotte the goal of the policy is to protect students, because it believes certain hairstyles can be a safety risk, but parents say it does more harm than good.
“Our children are basically being discriminated against because of hairstyles that are worn in the African American community,” Narisha Paul Harris, whose daughter cheers, said.
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