An Oregon school security guard told a high school student to home because he had shaved a vertical line down the center of each eyebrow, reports The Oregonian. They look like a gang symbol, the security guard said, adding, “If you’re going to come to school like that, don’t come at all.” The boy, 17, said he isn’t in a gang and shaved the lines to look cool. The newspaper calls it “the latest fashion trend,” particularly among Latino and African American students.
At one school, administrators are telling students who shave the lines that they can’t return to school until they take care of the problem — by shaving their eyebrows off. “We don’t dictate policy for any schools,” said officer David Schmidt of a county gang enforcement team. “We just tell them what we see the latest trends are. This is a way for them to identify each other. In a school setting, it intimidates other kids.”