Educator reprimanded in East Texas hair dispute

October 14, 2011 7:08:27 AM PDT
An East Texas educator has been reprimanded for using a permanent marker to color in the shaved lines of a boy's haircut.

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.