Judge grants temporary restraining order for hair policy at Christ the King

Judge grants temporary restraining order for hair policy at Christ the King

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A civil court judge has granted a temporary restraining order against Christ King School following backlash over a hair policy that was implemented this school year.

The families of Tyrielle Davis and Faith Fennidy filed a legal petition after they were removed from class for violating the school’s hair policy. Their families argue that the policy is discriminatory and adversely affects minority girls.

The temporary restraining order that was signed by Civil District Court Judge Piper Griffin today, prevents Christ the King, its principal Dawn Swear Costello and the Archdiocese of New Orleans from enforcing the policy and keeping students out of class. The restraining order will remain in place until the court can decide whether or not it will place a temporary or permanent injunction to stop the school from upholding the new policy.

The school’s new ordinance came into question after a video showing Fennidy being kicked out of class because of her hair went viral online. She was told by administrators that her braided hair extensions violated the school’s policy.

Families for the two students released a statement this afternoon saying,

Superintendent of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Catholic Schools RaeNell Billiot Houston released a statement in response to the lawsuit saying, “We continue to reach out to the family and attorney with the goal of having the student return to the school.”

Billiiot met with the families Thursday to discuss the school’s policy.

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