Jett Hawkins Law Bans Hair Discrimination In Illinois Schools

The legislation was inspired by Gus “Jett” Hawkins, a 4-year-old Chicago boy who had to take out his braids because of a dress code violation.

New Illinois Law Bans Hair Discrimination In Schools
Gus "Jett" Hawkins Jermaine Horton / Courtesy of Jermaine Horton
New Illinois Law Bans Hair Discrimination In Schools
Gus "Jett" Hawkins Jermaine Horton / Courtesy of Jermaine Horton

Jett Hawkins Law Bans Hair Discrimination In Illinois Schools

The legislation was inspired by Gus “Jett” Hawkins, a 4-year-old Chicago boy who had to take out his braids because of a dress code violation.

A new Illinois law aims to prevent hair discrimination in schools. Starting Jan. 1, schools will not be allowed to have dress code and uniform policies on hairstyles historically associated with race or ethnicity.

Reset discusses what this move means for students and families across the state, and why it’s important to teach children to take pride in their hair and culture.

GUESTS: Natasha Tarpley, Chicago author of best-selling picture book I Love My Hair

Ida Nelson, parent of Gus “Jett” Hawkins