(SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS) — BELMONT, California — Five-year-old Jalyn Broussard was so excited to show his kindergarten classmates his new haircut, a style that would surely set him apart from his second-grade brother's shaved head.
But his "modern fade," a popular hairstyle among African-American men, apparently set off an alarm with administrators at the boy's Catholic school, who called Jalyn's mom half an hour into the school day to pick him up and take him home. Mariana Broussard said the school's principal told her Jalyn's haircut was too distracting and a violation of Immaculate Heart of Mary School's hairstyle policy, according to a complaint the family filed last week with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
Broussard said Principal Teri Grosey told her the haircut -- which the family noticed on white and Asian students -- would "unduly influence the student body."
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