A mother is suing a School after someone shaved off her mixed-race daughter’s curly hair, telling her that it would ‘grow back straight’. Denise Robinson said that no one contacted her to ask for permission to shave seven-year-old Tru’s head.
The school claimed it shaved her head for hygiene reasons, although the specifics of this were not made clear.
Tru’s hair, her mum said, was ‘very long’ before it was all cut off. ‘I am very upset,’ she told NECN. ‘And I’m not going to stop being upset, because I feel like my child was assaulted and violated.’
Tru goes to the Little Heroes Group Home in Dracut, Massachusetts, because she has severe emotional issues. This means that she stays at the home some nights of the week.
Denise said there was no hygiene reason to shave Tru’s head (Picture: Facebook/Denise Robinson)
Denise added: ‘There was no hygienical reason for them to shave my child’s head. There were no head lice. There were no bed bugs. There was no what I refer to as “rasta locks” going on.
‘Her hair was two pony tails on the side on Saturday and it was braided in the ponytails and there was nothing wrong.’ Denise’s lawyer Richard Kendall told CBS reporters that volunteers had made racial comments to the girl as they shaved her head.
‘The volunteer informed this seven-year-old biracial child that by shaving her head, her hair would grow back straight,’ Kendall said. ‘I find that appalling.’
In a statement, Little Heroes said: ‘Decisions regarding grooming are based on a variety of factors, including hygiene.
‘We cannot provide any information about any individual served by the programme under federal and state law. ‘A review of the circumstances is underway to determine what occurred and, if necessary, appropriate action will be taken.’
Source: Metro online
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