School Administrators Draw Hair on Student’s Head with a Marker

Is this how school administrators are supposed to deal with violations of the dress code?


When people think of government institutions in a negative way, they typically think of a place that rigidly enforces strict rules. But is that really what we find in government institutions? I think an argument could be made that government institutions are places where one or a few persons in authority have the right to arbitrarily boss you around and inflict punishments that they make up as they go.

Take the case of Coronado Middle School in Plainview, Texas. KCBD reports, “Mom says Plainview ISD ‘fixed’ son’s haircut with marker.”

A Plainview mother is asking questions after she said an assistant principal drew on her son’s head with a marker.

Monica Esquivel tells us that her son, Kobi, has had the same haircut for about five months. It features a shaved line on the side of his head, but this week Esquivel said administrators told him it was a distraction and colored in the line with a marker.

Kobi attends Coronado Middle School in the Plainview ISD. She tells us that the school failed to notify her about the actions that were taken by an assistant principal.

Esquivel is very upset and wants the school administrators to apologize to Kobi. She said that administrators told her that this type of haircut could be considered gang related, however, Esquivel told us that she does not raise her son to portray that type of image.

“My son is not in a gang, he’s not trying to be in a gang. He dresses in khakis, a shirt, not in loose pants or anything, just real nice and casual. He isn’t representing a gang or anything,” Esquivel said.

Plainview ISD’s Executive Director for Administrative Services, Greg Brown, did not deny that the incident happened, but said he cannot comment due to confidentiality. He did release a statement that said the dress code “prohibits designs shaved into the scalp and this includes lines.”

This stupid excuse that the haircut was “gang-related” is completely beside the point. It is worth bringing up to show what lame excuses the school bullies—sorry, administrators—will float. But the issue is settled as soon as we read: “She tells us that the school failed to notify her about the actions that were taken by an assistant principal.” The only question left is whether her claim is true. If it is, then nothing else matters. When someone violates a dress code, especially with a haircut, you send them home with a note. You don’t take it upon yourself to mark up their skin.

[See also, “School Enforces Zero-Tolerance Policy for Hobbit Magic.”]

Notice how we are expected—even required by law—to give our children over to these “teachers.” Yet they get the privileges of secrecy whenever there is any question about their actions. Our children answer to them and their whimsical notions about gang markings, but these school administrators and teachers never answer to us, the parents.