And this time everything was on her terms.
"It's an 8-year-old girl honored by school," Horton told CNN. "I'm a father and I'm fed up with such injustices. I wanted to go out there and help build that girl's trust. "
Earlier this month, Horton traveled 4 1/2 hours to Michigan just to make it happen. His one request? During the session Marian should wear red braided extensions.
"I wanted her to be herself and let her know that being herself is okay," said Horton.
And Marian did just that.
The resulting photos show Marian in her extensions and a very colorful wardrobe provided for free by Pamela Blackman, CEO of Joy Management and Mieka Joi, CEO of the Rich Girl Candy clothing brand.
Maria's story made headlines when she couldn't take her school picture because of her hairstyle in October.
"She called us with tears," said Father Marian, Doug Scott, CNN. "She used to wear school accessories and they never told us anything, so we were surprised that it was the first time we heard that it was a violation of the school's dress code."
Ben Kriesch, director of the Paragon Charter Academy, where Marian went to school, told WILX that Marian's red extensions violate school policy.
The Paragon Charter Academy textbook says that the student's hair color must be "in natural shades" in order for a picture to be taken.
The school did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.
As a result of this incident, Marian's parents pulled her out of the Paragon Charter School three weeks ago.
"The school did not apologize or intend to change its rules," said Scott CNN. "They made my daughter feel inappropriate, and every child should feel appropriate at school."
In light of everything that happened, Scott says the negative situation has turned into a positive one.
"It made me see people who care, for example Jermaine. My daughter had been very disappointed before, but now she is much happier. "
Gabrielle Sorto from CNN contributed to this report.[ad_2]