Mya (left) and Deanna (right) with their mother Colleen Cook outside Mystic Valley Regional Charter School.

Credit: Courtesy of Colleen Cook

LISTEN: Massachusetts ACLU Files Complaint Against School's Hair Extensions Policy

May 16, 2017

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says her office is looking into claims of discrimination at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School. This comes a day after the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education leveling concerns about the Malden school.
The ACLU complaint was filed on behalf of twin 15 year old students Deanna and Mya Cook, who attend Mystic Valley, after reports that the girls have been racking up detentions and face suspension for wearing hair extensions. 
Mystic Valley says the extensions violate the school's dress code. The ACLU complaint contends the dress code is discriminatory.
Sarah Wunsch is the Deputy Legal Director of the local ACLU. She spoke with WGBH's All Things Considered host Barbara Howard about the complaint. She says this is not the first time her office has had dealings with Mystic Valley Regional Charter School.


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