Don't educators have enough on their plates (what with, for example, proposed legislation that would allow students to carry guns in schools) to focus on matters as trivial as students' natural, God-given hair?
Sadly, not. But at least we have Twitter, Instagram and #SupportThePuff.
The hashtag has taken root (heh) in the weeks since Tayjha Deleveaux, a student at C.R. Walker Senior High School in Nassau, Bahamas, was allegedly suspended from school with several other girls earlier this month. Tayjha's mother, Turkessa Deleveaux, took to Facebook to air her grievances, asking the question on most of our minds: What could possibly be so wrong with this hairstyle?
The girls' grave misdeed? The school's principal, T. Nicola McKay, said in an interview with NB12 News it was because their hair looked "untidy, ungroomed, unkempt, and it looks like it would not have been combed for days."
And since when do high school administrators think they have a seat on Fashion Police?
A petition has also been started in support of Deleveaux and her classmates. The page encourages potential voters "to consider the damaging effects of telling our precious darlings that in the year 2016, their hair is not good enough to be worn naturally." The petition has garnered more than 1,000 signatures.
Let's hope this outcry sparks a conversation about educators' roles in disciplining students for the crime of being who they are.