C.I. Gibson principal, Elaine Williams, told The Guardian that the hairstyle mandate was one driven by an initiative to take the focus off the outward appearance of students, to have them focus more on learning.She
said they were trying to set a certain standard for the students and certain hairdos were just not acceptable.The principal further added that signs and posters were placed on the walls of the school to warn the students of such hairdos.
"These hairstyles, they were tipping the roof of the classroom - that's how high and elaborate they were and they were told not to come back with that hairstyle," Williams
explained."I tried to explain to her
mother that we were more concerned in what goes in her
head than what goes on top of it."
However, Colebrooke also took issue with the manner in which Williams
"explained" the hairstyle situation to her.
alleged that Colebrooke was the one 'sprouting the attitude' in the situation.
"I sent the information home [and] her
mother decided that she
didn't care, the mother sent her
child back to school the way she
was before," Williams