African-american girl says white Christian school classmates cut off her dreadlocks, called them ‘nappy’ and ‘ugly’
SPRINGFIELD, Va. -- A sixth-grader in northern Virginia has been staying home from her Christian school after she says three boys restrained her and cut her hair, WJLA reports.
The 12-year-old says it happened during recess Monday.
Amari Allen says she was on the playground at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia when three white students held her against her will and cut her dreadlocks.
"They put my hands around my back, put their hands over my mouth and started to cut my hair," Amari said.
All the while, she says, the boys called her hair "nappy" and "ugly."
Amari's grandmother says she enrolled her in the private Christian school expecting a safe experience.
"I never thought of bullying being a part of the curriculum," said Cynthia Allen, her grandmother.
The family has filed a police report and say they had a meeting with the officials at the school Thursday morning.
But they say they left the meeting unsatisfied.
"That no other child has to experience what she experienced and they just walk away," Cynthia Allen said.
The head of the school put out a statement that reads in part:
"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."
Amari says she has compassion for the boys she's accusing of violating her.
"Something could have happened that made them do this... because I know that's the source of most bullying," Amari said.
The Allens say the school told them to pray about the incident but took no other action.