District officials said in a statement late Thursday that the images did not reflect the district’s systemwide grooming policy.
“The images depicted in this post in no way reflect a (DeKalb County School District) policy regarding appearance,” officials said. “This was a miscommunication at the school level and is being handled by school leadership. Nontraditional schools at (the DeKalb County School District) sometimes have the option to enforce dress code and style standards.”
People commenting online posted about the designs and how they have been handled elsewhere previously. One teacher remarked that she watched another teacher use permanent markers to fill in designs. Earlier this year, a Texas administrator was suspended for filling in a student's design with a black Sharpie marker.
School began Thursday for several metro Atlanta school districts, and many local groups are offering school supplies and hairstyles for students as they prepare to return to class. Sunday, rapper 21 Savage is holding an event near the school in Decatur, the fourth annual "Issa Back 2 School Drive," here boys and girls will receive free haircuts and hairstyles, as well as back-to-school supplies.