A Massachusetts mother is looking to sue a Dracut school after employees opted to shave her daughter’s head, one of them allegedly claiming that her curly hair would grow back straight.
“I am very upset and I’m not going to stop being upset because I feel like my child was assaulted and violated,” mother Denise Robinson says.
When Robinson dropped her daughter, Tru, off at Little Heroes Group Home earlier in the morning, the 7-year-old’s hair reached well past her shoulders.
She said the staff told her the decision to cut off all of Tru’s hair without her permission was for reasons of cleanliness. “There was no hygenical reason to shave my child’s head. There was no head lice, no bed bugs,” she told the news station.
“Her hair was in two pony tails on the side on Saturday and it was braided in the pony tails and there was nothing wrong.” but now, Tru is nearly bald.
The lawyer said he was shocked by what a volunteer at the center allegedly told the girl before she’d received her haircut.
“The volunteer informed this seven-year-old biracial child that by shaving her head, her hair would grow back straight,”. ‘I find that appalling” Kendall told reporters.
Robinson said she couldn’t help but wonder whether the incident was racially motivated either way, she said her daughter was negatively affected by the haircut.
“She’s a very emotionally damaged young lady with behavioral issues, to put this on top of the whole thing is really rough,” Kendall said.
“Decisions regarding grooming are based on a variety of factors, including hygiene,” according to the release.
“A review of circumstances is underway to determine what occurred and, if necessary appropriate action will be taken.”