ABC 13 reports that 11-year-old Makayla Fallaw of Tomball, Texas has been kicked off her cheerleading team after refusing to straighten her hair. Even though she's been cheering since she was four and can do back flips, her curly hair is unacceptable at Woodlands Elite Cheer, which is run by Kevin Tonner, a guy with this facial hair:
According to Makayla's mom, Jenny, she found out after her daughter joined the team that she'd be required to straighten her hair during competitions:
Just a few weeks ago is the first time I had heard about a special hairstyle. I felt like I might make my daughter feel like her hair is not good enough because she's not like other girls...It would destroy her hair, so I wanted to explain to them my reasoning.
Here's the hair mom is taking a stand for:
After Jenny emailed Tonner, they had a meeting to discuss the situation and Tonner didn't like momma's tone. He explained why he gave Makayla the axe, and um, it has nothing to do with her hair, okay?:
When you come into the sport, you understand there is make up to it. There's hair to it. We were trying to make the exception. We were trying to find a compromise and a happy medium. And she wasn't willing to have a compromise. She was very defensive... It wasn't about hair. It was about we don't want this negativity on our team.
Tonner also noted not all cheer teams actually straighten their hair, but Makayla's had voted on the style for competitions. Makayla must have been out that day.