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MESQUITE – Floppy hair that sent a 4-year-old Dallas-area boy to in-school suspension has now placed the pre-kindergartner in a new spot: on the agenda for a school board meeting.

The Mesquite Independent School District meet in closed executive session Monday night to hear an appeal from Taylor Pugh’s mom.

Elizabeth Taylor said she wants her son back in regular class with his friends. Instead, Taylor has been alone in the library with a teacher’s aide since late November because his long hair violates the district’s dress code policy.

The district’s policy states boys should have hair no longer than the bottom of their earlobes in the front and the top of their collar in the back. And that policy prohibits students from going to class out of dress code.

Taylor said her son likes his hair long.

Ultimately the school board denied the family’s request for a policy exemption.

Trustees said if the boy wants to return to his classes he must either cut his hair or put it up in a braid so that it is not touching his colar or in his eyes.

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