12-Year-Old Girl Says 3 White Boys at School Cut off Her Dreadlocks: Reports
The girl's Virginia school said officials are investigating the incident.
Amari Allen, a 12-year-old student at Immanuel Christian School, told WUSA-TV that the boys called her dreadlocks “ugly” and “nappy” during Monday's recess and then cut some of them off.
"They kept laughing and calling me names," Amari told the station. "They called me 'ugly,' said, 'I shouldn't have been born.' They called me 'an attention-seeker.'"
Amari said one of the boys covered her mouth during the alleged assault, one held her hands behind her back and the other cut her hair with scissors. She said they then ran off laughing.
Amari said she didn’t tell her family until Wednesday when her grandmother noticed something was different about her hair, CBS News reported.
"It's very painful," Cynthia Allen, Amari's grandmother, told the station. "I want to see them dismissed from the school. I want to see something done."
Amari also said this isn’t the first time she’s been bullied by the same boys.
The school, which Amari’s family pays $12,000 a year for her to attend, said it is investigating the incident.
"We take seriously the emotional and physical well-being of all our students, and have a zero-tolerance policy for any kind of bullying or abuse," Immanuel Christian School said in a statement, per CBS News.
The school added, "We are deeply disturbed by the allegations being made, and are in communication with the family of the alleged victim to gather information and provide whatever support we can. We have also reached out to law enforcement to ask them to conduct a thorough investigation, and further inquiries should be directed to the Fairfax County Police."
Police are also investigating the incident.
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