A Southern California student was kicked out of school after she complained about her teacher calling her “nappy headed.” Brea Persley, a 13-year-old student at Inglewood Century Academy, expressed embarrassment after her science teacher called her out in front of the entire class saying, “sit your nappy-headed self down.”
The teacher, Kelly Dempsey, apologized to Persley’s parents via voicemail, but the damage was already done. “When the kids started laughing, it brought back the memories of when I was in 4th grade and kids used to laugh at me and tease me,” the teen told local news station, KTLA 5.
Once her mother, Shronda Williams complained about the incident, principal Giselle Edman—a black woman— placed the blame on the student saying that “Bad things need to happen to mean kids.”
Not surprisingly, the school has yet to further explain their decision to kick Persley out, her story is similar to that of two black women who were put in embarrassing situations because of their hair. Last summer TSA officers at a Seattle Airport demanded to search a black woman’s “poofy” hair, while a few months later, a Dallas hairstylist claims to have been singled-out by the TSA for having an afro.
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