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 a s s a u l t e d and vi-olat-ed,” mother Denise Robinson told NECN.
When Robinson dropped her daughter, Tru, off at Little Heroes Group Home earlier this month, 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. There was 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.”
Now Tru is nearly bald.
The Department of Children and Families is investigating the incident and Robinson has since enlisted the help of attorney Richard Kendall Robinson, WHDH reported.
The lawyer said he was shocked by what a volunteer at the center allegedly told the girl before she’d received her haircut.
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“The volunteer informed this seven-year-old b i ra c i a l child that by shaving her head, her hair would grow back straight,” Kendall told reporters. “I find that appalling.”
Robinson said she couldn’t help but wonder whether the incident was racially motivated — either way, she said her daughter was negatively impacted by the haircut.
“She’s a very em-otion-ally da-mag-ed young lady with behavioral issues, and to put this on top of the whole entire thing is really rough,” Kendall said.
Little Heroes in a written statement said it was looking into the haircut.
“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.”