US students take school to court for not allowing them to have long hair

Seven US students have instituted a Court case against a school in Texas after the school stopped them from wearing their hair long to school.

The students took this step when the school suspended a nine-year-old boy after he broke this rule.

The boy, who was not identified but was reported to be South American, keeps his hair long as part of family tradition, and in fact, both his grandfather and father have long hair.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas (ACLU) instituted the case against the Magnolia Independent School District, with the latter defending its decision on the grounds it reflects community values.

A survey carried out last year by the ACLU found that close to 500 schools had rules which stop male students from wearing their hair long.