The mother of a Lithia Springs High School student is outraged that her daughter is sitting in in-school suspension and missing out on AP honors classes - all because of her hair.
Star Dallas told CBS Atlanta News that the school's principal made the decision to pull her daughter, Heaven Wiggins, out of class because her hair was recently colored a shade close to burgundy.
"I wasn't doing anything wrong. I felt like they were singling me out to be a bad person, just because of my hair color," Wiggins said.
Dallas said the color was professionally done.
"I paid a lot of money to get her hair done," Dallas said. "I shouldn't have to pay more money to change it. As a parent, I should be allowed to make the decision about my child's hair. I would not allow her to put any crazy looking color in her hair."
CBS Atlanta News tried to contact the school's principal about the issue, but did not hear back.
A school spokesperson referred CBS Atlanta News to the school handbook, which parents and students must sign. The handbook lists "unnatural color hair" as an unapproved item.
The handbook also states that "parents and students should exercise good taste and good judgment." Dallas said she had done just that.
Dallas said she was told her daughter would have to stay in the in-school suspension, or ISS, until she changes her hair color.
But that all changed after CBS Atlanta News started asking Tough Questions.
Early Tuesday evening, Dallas said she was told she'll get to have her say in the matter in front of the school board.
"Now that the attention has come from the news stations, now they're actually willing to allow her to attend classes until that time," Dallas said.
Dallas said she will go before the school board on Nov. 5.
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