ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Ashton Bodiford has missed more than two weeks of school because his hair is too long for a boy's. That's according to Rapides Parish School Board policy.

The Town Talk reports his hair falls past the middle of his back. School board policy requires male students to keep their hair no longer than chin-length in the back and no longer than 3 inches on top. There are no constraints about the length of girls' hair.

Ashton's parents, Shawn and Angela Brewton, contend the rules are unfair and discriminatory. They're calling for a policy that's equal for both genders.

Angela Brewton hopes to see changes made before the end of school. She says she sent the board a letter about the issue and plans to address them in April.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com