Funny the district never mentioned this "deal" in their statement, you would thing it would be important to show they arent picking on him. Still, If true they wouldnt have had to stealth alter the dress code. The kid however said he had his hair tied up to meet dress code and that's what he expects to continue to do. Weather there was a deal or someone saw him and decided to phuck with him changing things 3 months before graduation was petty and legally a loser. Another point is regardless of the dress code they lose this fight all day long if this kid files suit. How do I know? Students and inmates in prisons have won literally thousands of federal lawsuits like this on first ammendment grounds for decades. That includes suits that go all the way thru to trial or are settled at some point during arbitration. And HS kids are also winning freedom of expression suits over clothing pretty regularly lately. Suits that goto trial or thru arbitration. Before you spout off HS kids and prison inmates are apples and oranges I'll just cut that thought off here. Both instances cover grooming policies. Both cover hair styles related to tradition heritage or religious beliefs, inmates have even less freedom of expression due to loss of certain rights that kids in HS but the courts clearly say in both cases this is a non winner on the people enforcing dress codes. So I say again. Why pick this fight so close to the problem walking away in a couple months. Probably not the hill to die on and die they will, in the legal sense.