7-year-old Native American Student Removed From Classroom For Wearing Mohawk Hairstyle

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Arrowhead Elementary School is shown on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (Photo: David DeMille/The Spectrum & Daily News) Arrowhead Elementary School is shown on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015.
(Photo: David DeMille/The Spectrum & Daily News)

By Red Power Media, Staff

A 7-year-old Native American student was removed from his classroom this week after school officials decided his Mohawk haircut was too distracting.

The second-grader, whose parents are Seneca and Paiute, chose a hairstyle that is popular with native peoples in many places, his father said Thursday, but his wife still received a call from Utah’s Arrowhead Elementary School in St. George, saying it went against the dress code.

Teyawwna Sanden was not happy when her son’s school called and said his mohawk needed to go.

Teyawwna said principal Susan Harrah asked her to pick her son Kobe up and get his hair cut. Sanden’s initial reaction was to take Kobe out of school.

Teyawwna says the mohawk is integral to her son’s Native American culture. ‘He’s had a mohawk on and off his…

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