We've told you about crazy workplace controversies surrounding perfume and how co-workers can be driven nuts-and even made sick-by each other's fragrances. Now, a new story out of Seattle takes a similar issue to a whole new, way more serious level. A teacher at an elementary school allegedly asked the only black student in her class to leave because she claimed an allergy to the 8-year-old girl's hair product (Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion). According to several accounts, the student was removed from her accelerated classroom and put in a different class. Her parents weren't notified by the school and when they learned about the incident from their daughter, they filed a complaint.
A school spokeswoman said the school agreed that what happened was not appropriate, but that race was not a factor and any allegations of racial insensitivity are "wholly untrue." While we're inclined to believe that the teacher isn't a monster, it seems clear that some areasRead More »from Black Hair Controversy: What Do You Think?