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- The surprise Deandre Arnold got on Wednesday, January 29, may be the biggest surprise of his life

- TV host Ellen DeGeneres and singer Alicia Keys surprised the 18-year-old boy with $20,000 (N7,250,000)

- Deandre was recently suspended by his school for refusing to cut his dreadlocks

Deandre Arnold, a student who was suspended by his school for not cutting his dreadlocks, has been surprised with $20,000 (N7,250,000) by Ellen DeGeneres and Alicia Keys.

Recall that Deandre's school, Barbers Hill Independent School in Texas, United States, mandated the 18-year-old boy to cut his dreadlocks if he desired to walk in his graduation ceremony.

Daily Mail reports that Deandre was invited to the show Ellen's show on Wednesday, January 29.

Legit.ng gathers that Keys, who was also invited to the show, said she and Ellen spoke to their friends at Shutterfly and they supported Deandre with a check of $20,000 for his schooling.

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Deandre Arnold: Ellen, Alicia Keys surprise suspended student with N7.2m for college

The Ellen Show. Photo credit: Warner Bros
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Commenting on what goes on in school, Deandre said: "Every day I would go to school I would always be in dress code. But the thing with them is, if it was let down, I would be out of dress code."

Ellen pleaded with Deandre's school to have a change of heart, saying the boy deserves to graduate and walk with his mates.

Deandre Arnold: Ellen, Alicia Keys surprise suspended student with N7.2m for college

Deandre Arnold and Alicia Keys. Photo credit: Warner Bros
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Reacting on Facebook, Khadija Muhammad Njie said: "What kind of monsters want to tear down a smart kid and discourage him when you can celebrate and encourage him to go on and do great things the way Ellen did! Good job. I wish him all the best."

Eddie Hesuis Nate expressed displeasure over the $20,000 given to Deandre, suggesting that it is an encouragement to break laid down rules.

Nate said: "So we are rewarding people who decide to break a given set of rules or code of conduct, I don't know how people dont see this as promotion of insurbordination."

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Herndon Alice said: "Character, integrity, grades should be the guidelines and cultural differences need to be respected. Good luck DeAndre."

William Minta Wiafe said: "If there are rules of engagement respect it. If we want to allow avant guard fashion in school, the school must decide and allow. Parents and teachers association must decide the way forward."

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Legit.ng previously reported that the Barbers Hill Independent School in Texas, United States, mandated one of its students to cut his dreadlocks, otherwise, he would not be able to walk in his graduation ceremony.

The boy, Deandre Arnold, was suspended by the school board after he refused to cut his hair because of his Trinidadian background.

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