North Carolina college student, 16, had to cut her hair during softball games

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‘Humiliated’ black North Carolina high school student, 16, had to cut her hair during softball game after referees claimed her beads prevented them from seeing her number

  • Nicole Pyles from North Carolina was forced to cut her hair during a softball game
  • Sophomore was told her haircut covered the number six on her sweater
  • Nicole said she had worn box braids with see-through beads for the past five games
  • Put her in her sports bra, but the referee told her to take them out or she won’t be able to play
  • Team ‘snatched’ beads, while some had to cut them out because they were tight

A high school student had to cut her hair during a softball game to continue playing.

Nicole Pyles, 16, of Durham, North Carolina, said an umpire told her coach during the second inning of the game on April 19 that her haircut covered the number six on her jersey.

The sophomore said she had worn the box braids with see-through beads, which reached just past her shoulder blades, at the end in five previous matches with no complaints.

According to Durham Public Schools, she played at Hillside High School in Durham, against Jordan High School.

In an interview with the Southern Coalition for Social JusticeNicole said, ‘My team had wrapped the bottom of my hair where the beads were and tucked the top and into my sports bra so they couldn’t move.

Nicole Pyles, 16, of Durham, North Carolina, said an umpire told her coach during the second inning of the game on April 19 that her haircut covered the number six on her jersey.

Nicole Pyles, 16, of Durham, North Carolina, said an umpire told her coach during the second inning of the game on April 19 that her haircut covered the number six on her jersey.

So I went to play and then the referee basically said to my coach: I take the beads out or I can’t play.

“This is the second inning in the third, and my beads are a problem now?”

She went on to explain how her team “ ripped out ” the beads, while some had to cut them out for being too tight.

Nicole said, “I was ashamed and felt absolutely disrespected. I just felt like the world was staring at me because why, why me, why someone for that fact. ‘

Her father Julius Pyles added in the interview that his daughter and the whole team should have been ‘protected’.

He said, “Establish policies for the black children so that they are not discriminated against.”

The father and daughter demand that “DPS and the NC High School Athletic Association must adopt policies that ensure that hair discrimination does not reoccur in another black girl, both on the softball field and in the classroom.”

She put the beads in her sports bra, but the referee told her to take them out or she wouldn't be able to play.  Nicole (center) went on to explain how her team 'ripped' the beads out, while some had to cut them out because they were tight.

She put the beads in her sports bra, but the referee told her to take them out or she wouldn’t be able to play. Nicole (center) went on to explain how her team ‘ripped’ the beads out, while some had to cut them out because they were tight.

They also ask for apologies from Jordan High School Softball Coaches, the two umpires leading the softball game, and the NC High School Athletic Assosciation Supervisor of Officials, Mark Drelbelbis.

In a statement on their Facebook page, Durham Public Schools said, “ As evidenced by our school board’s unanimous resolution in support of the CROWN Act, Durham Public Schools supports our students’ right to free speech and opposes unreasonable and biased restrictions for black women. hairstyles.

On April 19, during a softball game against Jordan High, a student athlete from Hillside High was forced by a game official to choose to remove beads from her hair in accordance with the rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS ) or not to proceed. participate in the competition. NFHS rules govern athletic competition; DPS board policy does not prohibit beads in hair.

In its investigation of the incident, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association has since discovered that the incident started when the basic umpire noticed the hair beads as the runner reached third base.

“There was not a single Jordan High employee who brought the violation to the attention of the match officials.”

It also said they feel the blanket ban on hair beads is “ culturally biased and problematic, ” adding that they support Nicole and feel the rule should be changed.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association defended the umpire’s action, citing softball rule 3-2-5 stating that “plastic visors, bandanas, and hair beads are prohibited.”

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