Educator reprimanded in East Texas hair dispute


The superintendent of the Marshall Independent School District has apologized over the incident involving 12-year-old Sheldon Williams. Bruce Gearing says an assistant principal has been reprimanded.

Williams was sent to the principal's office Monday for allegedly violating a school dress code ban on designs shaved into the hair.

The Marshall News-Messenger reported Friday that the boy's stepmother has filed a grievance. Philleniea Williams says she was shocked that educators thought the haircut was gang related. She says her stepson is not involved with gangs and now has a new haircut with no shaved lines.

Details on the reprimand weren't immediately released.

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