LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Plainview mother is asking questions after she said an assistant principal drew on her son's head with a marker.
Monica Esquivel tells us that her son, Kobi, has had the same haircut for about five months. It features a shaved line on the side of his head, but this week Esquivel said administrators told him it was a distraction and colored in the line with a marker.
Kobi attends Coronado Middle School in the Plainview ISD. She tells us that the school failed to notify her about the actions that were taken by an assistant principal.
Esquivel is very upset and wants the school administrators to apologize to Kobi. She said that administrators told her that this type of haircut could be considered gang related, however, Esquivel told us that she does not raise her son to portray that type of image.
"My son is not in a gang, he's not trying to be in a gang. He dresses in khakis, a shirt, not in loose pants or anything, just real nice and casual. He isn't representing a gang or anything," Esquivel said.
Plainview ISD's Executive Director for Administrative Services, Greg Brown, did not deny that the incident happened, but said he cannot comment due to confidentiality. He did release a statement that said the dress code "prohibits designs shaved into the scalp and this includes lines."
Brown released a longer statement to the Plainview Daily Herald:
"I can't comment on the details of the specific incident you mentioned due to confidentiality. Our dress code prohibits designs shaved into the scalp and this includes lines. The dress code is a part of the Parent/Student handbook that is made available to all students online and in paper form (if requested). Each year in the spring and early summer the handbook is edited and developed to get it ready for the next school year. The dress code is specifically looked at by the administration who makes any changes that need to be made. In its final recommended form, the handbook is presented to the School Board for approval, usually in July."
Concerning the act taken by the assistant principal, Brown said any actions taken will be confidential.
"I can't comment on it, but I can tell you whenever we have a concern, Plainview ISD addresses those concerns with our administration and our staff and our students. Any concerns or practices that affect our kids will always be addressed. We encourage parents to communicate with us whenever concerns arise."
Plainview administrators said the dress code may be modified next year and this particular event will go into consideration for a possible modification.
Brown made the statement after the monthly school board meeting.
We were able to obtain a copy of the student handbook, which says no designs are permitted but it also states it's not an all-inclusive list.
Esquivel said she has repeatedly told the school's administration and strongly believes that Kobi's haircut does comply with dress code.
"When I got copies of the dress code, on there it says, designs shaved through the head, but I said it's not a design, it's the haircut. The style that's coming out is the comb over," Esquivel said.
Esquivel said the dress code should be updated.
"They're expecting...the kids, they get distracted on stuff, but it's starting to get where everything is a distraction to them," Esquivel said.
Esquivel did say that since she has spoken with administrators, they will allow Kobi time to grow his hair out to cover the shaved line.
We attempted to reach out to Plainview ISD for further information on how often the dress codes are updated.
We'll continue to update this story as we learn more.