UK court rules school's "gang braids" ban racist

By REUTERS
June 17, 2011 15:03

 
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LONDON - A school's decision to ban some hairstyles it says have become associated with gang culture has resulted in "unlawful, indirect racial discrimination which is not justified," a British court ruled on Friday.

The test case decision in London's High Court is a victory for the family of African-Caribbean teenager "G", who wears his hair in "cornrow" braids, close to the scalp, as part of a family tradition.

G, who cannot be named, and his mother challenged a refusal by St Gregory's Catholic Science College in Harrow, north London, to let G through the school gates with his braids in September 2009, when he was 11.

G, now 13, who left in tears on his first day, does not wish to return to the school despite winning the case.

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