MONT BELVIEU, Texas (KTRK) -- Seventeen-year-old Darryl is a junior at Barbers Hill High School, but according to his mom, he's spent most of the year so far on in-school suspension because of his hair.
"I know he's upset, and he feels terrible about it," Darresha George said.
The CROWN Act went into effect six days ago, on Sept. 1.
Texas is now one of 24 states in the country that bans discrimination based on hair texture or hairstyles associated with race.
A similar situation at Barbers Hill in 2020 led to the passage of the CROWN Act. De'Andre Arnold was told to cut his long locs back then, and he and others sued the district.
Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, was one of the authors of the legislation.
"Absolutely zero excuse for this school district that knows the policy to do this all over again," Reynolds said. "It feels like deja vu."
The school district handbook forbids male students from having hair that extends below the eyebrows or earlobes or worn in a style where hair extends below the top of a T-shirt collar.
A district spokesperson on Thursday said the hair length rule "is not in conflict with the CROWN Act."
"The vaguer the law, the more challenges you can expect," Attorney Peyton Peebles said.
Peebles points out that the CROWN Act doesn't specifically mention hair length, but it could be implied.
"Length could be a way to discriminate against certain hairstyles without being openly discriminatory," he explained. "It has the effect of preventing somebody from wearing a hairstyle that they may otherwise want to wear."