One Texas mother said her daughter was discriminated against and thrown off her cheerleading team because of her curly hair.
Jenny Fallaw says she met with officials from Woodlands Elite Cheer Center to explain to them how forcing her daughter to straighten her hair in order to participate on the squad during competitions would damage her hair and her self-confidence.
“I felt like I might make my daughter feel like her hair is not good enough because she’s not like other girls,” Fallaw told ABC News.
The meeting ended with Fallaw being asked to leave and her daughter kicked off the team. However, Kevin Tonner, the All-Star Director for the center said that Fallaw was unwilling to compromise and said that he didn’t want that kind of “negativity” on his team.
"It seems so little or small to anyone else, [but] uniformity on that is half the battle," he said.
Tonner said he showed Fallaw how to straighten hair without damaging it and that the straight ponytail would only have to be worn during competitions.
“When you come into a sport, you understand there is makeup to it,” Tonner said. “There is hair to it. We were trying to make the exception. We were trying to find a compromise and a happy medium, And she wasn’t willing to have a compromise.”