Schoolgirls in South Africa protest racist hair policies

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| August 28 2016,

10:10 pm

The school's policy calls for "neat" and forbids "eccentric" hairstyles.

Students also say they're banned from speaking their native languages.

Lesufi visited the school Monday, greeted by students and parents.

Images of the girls and their bravery circulated on Twitter.

Their classmates even supported the protest.

Police were dispatched to the scene, although a large majority of demonstrators were minors.

On Friday, a teacher was filmed as she tried to snatch a phone from a student.

The conversation grew on Twitter as black women worldwide shared similar experiences and supported the girls' movement.

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