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DeAndre Arnold got invited to the Oscars after being suspended from school for refusing to cut his dreadlocks

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Back in January, we learned the story of DeAndre Arnold, an 18-year-old from Texas who was suspended from school for refusing to cut his dreadlocks. After returning to school, DeAndre was also told that he wouldn't be able to walk at his graduation unless his hair was cut to meet the school district's hair length standards. 

The school board refused to budge on their position, even after a meeting with activists in which they were accused of violating DeAndre's religious rights.

“There is no dress code policy that prohibits any cornrow or any other method of wearing of the hair,” Superintendent Greg Poole said at a school board meeting. “Our policy limits the length. It’s been that way for 30 years.”