A Japanese teenager is suing her school for forcing her to darken her natural brown hair

An 18-year-old high school student in Osaka Japan is suing her high school because it forced her to dye her hair black.

From Quartz:

The student, 18, said that in addition to mental suffering, the dye caused physical harm to her scalp and hair. The first arguments were heard in a court in Osaka today (Oct. 27).

The student was allegedly forbidden to attend class last year when her hair wasn’t dyed black enough, and was later prevented from going on a school trip. Her name was also removed from the school register. She hasn’t attended school since late 2016. The school reportedly told the girl’s lawyer that even a “blonde-haired foreign-exchange student would have to dye their hair black.”

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