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The Latest: Teacher apologizes for hairstyle rules

December 10, 2018

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on a music teacher’s letter on student hairstyles (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

A middle-school music teacher has apologized after hitting a sour note with a letter warning students against having “Mohawks, Large Afros, or any other outlandish” hairstyles for an upcoming chorus concert.

Vocal music teacher Steven Reeves’ letter touched off a social media firestorm, with commenters saying it was targeting black students. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reeves is black. Pleasant Run Middle School apologized in a Saturday tweet. It said the teacher’s rules hadn’t been approved by the administration and didn’t represent the school’s views.

The school district Monday afternoon released a new letter to parents from Reeves saying he made a mistake with “insensitive” wording and expectations.

He wrote that students should wear white tops and black pants or skirts and “look their best.” He didn’t mention hairstyles.

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9:08 a.m.

A middle-school music teacher has hit a sour note with a letter warning students against having “Mohawks, Large Afros, or any other outlandish” hairstyles for an upcoming chorus concert performance.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that vocal music teacher Steven Reeves’ letter touched off a social media firestorm, with commenters saying it was targeting black students. The Enquirer reports that Reeves is black.

Students were warned they could be sent home.

Pleasant Run Middle School apologized in a tweet on Saturday. The school said the letter wasn’t approved by the administration and “does not reflect our views at all.”

A message requesting comment was sent Monday to the teacher. The Northwest Local School District in suburban Cincinnati is working on statement.

Reeves’ letter says he’s in his first year at the school.

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This story has been corrected to show that the teacher’s last name is Reeves, not Reeve.