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‘Rules are Rules’ signs appear outside school at center of ‘hair-braid extension’ controversy

"Rules are rules," one sign read, alluding to the debate about the school's controversial hair policy for students.

TERRYTOWN, La. - The controversy about a school’s hair policy came to the campus’ doorstep Monday morning.

Someone placed signs outside Christ the King Elementary School in Terrytown with messages supporting the school’s hair policy as the family of a student who was sent home because of her hair extensions prepared to meet with Archdiocese of New Orleans officials.

“Rules are rules,” one sign read, alluding to the debate about the school’s controversial hair policy for students. The signs were later removed by a school worker Monday morning.

Several JPSO detectives were seen at the school Monday morning. Neither the archdioceses or JPSO immediately responded to requests for comments about that. Superintendent RaeNell Houston also declined to comment when she arrived at the school.

Despite a temporary restraining order that would allow them to return to Christ the King School, two sixth-grade students who have been embroiled in a dispute with the school over extensions in their hair would remain out of class Monday.

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The Archdiocese of New Orleans announced last week that it would re-examine school policies that may "affect cultural differences in school communities." The announcement indicated that the Archdiocese would be seeking input from parents, faculty and students on issues that might differ among cultural groups.

Danny Monteverde can be reached at danny@wwltv.com

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