ACLU of Illinois warns school district over discrimination with headwear


The ACLU of Illinois last week sent a letter to Effingham High School over their headwear police after a Black student was told to remove his durag.

The ACLU said the issue arose when Colin Marschewski was confronted by school personnel and asked to remove his durag. He did so, despite other students in the overwhelmingly white facility being allowed to wear items like baseball caps and bandanas.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics in the 2019–2020 school year, Effingham High School had 754 students, with only six being Black.

In the letter, the ACLU said that kind of enforcement violates state and federal law.

“Enforcing Section 9.20 of Effingham High School’s Student Handbook, Personal Habits and Dress Code, against students of color who wear durags is discriminatory,” the letter reads. “This policy should be changed.”



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