Texas School Isolates Boy, 4, Over Long Hair
Taylor Pugh has been confined to library with aide since Nov.
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2010 7:52 PM CST
Taylor Pugh, 4, with father Delton Pugh, is being taught in isolation at a Texas school because he won't cut his hair to conform to the district's dress code.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A 4-year-old Texas boy is being taught in isolation from the rest of his classmates—and faces an even harsher punishment—for not cutting his hair to conform to the school district’s grooming code. Taylor Pugh now works one-on-one with a teacher’s aide during the school day at his pre-kindergarten; the suburban Dallas district says next week he’ll be working alone at a desk in a school office.

School rules say hair can’t extend below the earlobes and must be kept out of boys’ eyes; the district offered to lift the isolation that Taylor’s faced since November if he keeps it in tight braids. The family’s tried that in the past, his father contends, and it caused Taylor’s scalp to break and bleed. In any case, Delton Pugh, who’s looking for a lawyer, tells the Morning News, “there is no reason he should have to cut his hair.”