09/02/2016 04:55 EDT | Updated 09/02/2016 04:59 EDT

South African School Under Fire For Trying To Force Black Girls To 'Tame' Natural Hair

It's 2016 and it appears as though young black girls still aren't "allowed" to wear their hair the way it naturally grows from their scalp, according to one South African school.

Pretoria High School for Girls is facing some serious backlash after 13-year-old student Zulaikha Patel and her other peers protested the facility for discriminating against their natural hair, which they say teachers refer to as "exotic."

However, while Pretoria High's code of conduct does not specifically say Afros aren't allowed, it does state that "all [hair]styles must be conservative, and neat." And they have strict rules around single braids, locs and cornrows such as specific diameter, direction of the braids and vertical length.

But Patel claims staff has complained about her hair.

"The issue of my hair has been a thing that's followed me my entire life," Patel told CNN on Thursday. "Even in primary I was told my hair is not natural, it's exotic, my Afro was not wanted or anything like that and then the issue followed me to high school."

The school was all white during apartheid and only began to integrate other races in 1994.

And the topic has gotten people on the Internet quite upset as well.

The hashtag #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh has taken over Twitter for the past week in support of the movement.

Also showing support? Solange Knowles.

An online petition was created as well to put an end to the discriminatory policy.

And it seems as thought the outcry has positively impacted the school. According to the BBC, the alleged racist hair policy has since been suspended.

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