- Ellen together with singer Alicia Keys reached out to Deandre Arnold
- Deandre was forced to stop going to school after he was told his dreadlocks could stop him from walking during graduation
- Ellen gifted the young man an R298 523 cheque meant to cater for his college education
American comedian and talk show host Ellen Degeneres gifted a student with a whopping R298 523 scholarship.
The Texas teenager was stopped from walking during his graduation owing to his long dreadlocks.
During her show, Ellen granted Deandre Arnold a huge cheque and told him how proud she was of his resilience.
The tycoon wanted Deandre to get a chance to go to college and realise his dreams.
“I am super proud of you for doing what you know is right. I know the school needs to do the right thing,” Ellen said.
The 18-year-old student stayed away from school for numerous days after his school told his parents to cut off his dreads.
The institution insisted he was not fit to graduate.
The student’s mum insists his hair never brought issues throughout his time at the school therefore she does not understand where the sudden uproar came from.
Their district does not protest learning or attending school with dreadlocks but insists male students should not have hair that extends the eyebrows or ear lobes.
Though Deandre’s hair goes past his shoulders, he often ties it up in a neat pony or bun.
His angry dad said cutting the dreadlocks is not an option as their family comes from Trinidad and dreads are a part of their heritage.
“He should get to choose who he identifies himself as, and he shouldn't be discriminated against,” the 18-year-old’s mother said.
According to CNN, Superintendent Greg Pool said the school’s stand is a matter of sticking by rules and not a matter of racism.
“People want to call us racist, but we are following the rules, the law of the land,” Greg said.
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