Vanessa VanDyke, the 12-year-old black girl who was threatened with expulsion a private school in Orlando, Florida unless she changed the look of her natural hair, will not be kicked out, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
VanDyke said school officials gave her a week to decide to whether to cut or shape her hair or leave Faith Christian Academy.
"We’re not asking her to put products in her hair or cut her hair," administrators said in a statement. "We’re asking her to style her hair within the guidelines according to the school handbook." However, it is unclear exactly what those guidelines are and what VanDyke would have to do to her locks for them to conform to the rules.
Despite all the (IMO unnecessary and unfair) commotion, the preteen, who planned to discuss the school's statement with her mom over the holiday break, is still confident in her looks.
“It says that I’m unique,” she said. “First of all, it’s puffy, and I like it that way. I know people will tease me about it because it’s not straight.”