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School Shaves Girl's Head Without Permission And Mom Is Furious

A public school in Boston, Massachusetts may have overstepped their bounds when they decided to shave a young girl's head. The school was doing a routine lice inspection and they believed that the little girl had a case of head lice.

They didn't report the lice to the family, they just got rid of her hair. The mother is now demanding an explanation.

Denise Robinson sent her 7-year-old daughter, Tru, to school one day with a beautiful head of hair. The mother was horrified later that day when her daughter returned home completely bald.

Tru told her mother that a member of the staff at school shaved off her head because they decided she shouldn't have hair.

Robinson got in touch with the school to figure out what was going on. Administrators admitted they were doing a head lice check, and they believed Tru showed signs of having lice.

They decided to shave off the child's hair as a precaution, without even notifying the family.

Apparently, the volunteer who shaved the girl's locks told the biracial child that by shaving her hair off, it would grow back straight.

The furious mom vented on Facebook. She believes her daughter was targeted for racist reasons.

“Tru was assaulted yesterday at school! And anyone who knows me knows I never claim racism!" she began.

"But why was my daughter’s head shaved? There are three other girls in her class two white girls and one black, none of these girls got scaled?"

"Why Tru?? My child is mixed race, and her hair WAS FULL and curly."

"She DID NOT, and I repeat have head lice or bugs! So why did this happen?"

"A moment of truth is at 8 a.m. #WhyTru. Please help me by making this go viral," the mother wrote.

People answered the call, and the post has since gone viral. Robinson has consulted a lawyer over the incident and is threatening to take legal action.

“There was no hygienical reason for them to shave my child’s head. There were no head lice," she said.

"There were no bed bugs. There was no, what I refer to as, Rasta locks going on,” Robinson told station NECN.

“Her hair was two pony tails on the side on Saturday, and it was braided in the ponytails, and there was nothing wrong.”

The school failed on many levels here.

First off, letting a volunteer shave a child's head without parental permission is outrageous. And secondly, someone who has curly hair won't magically start growing straight hair if their head is shaved.

Most importantly, however, lice are treatable, and head shaving isn't necessary. Lice outbreaks in schools are fairly common, which is why the schools perform routine checks.

There is no need to shave heads to contain the outbreak.

Most schools send kids home with instructions on how to delouse a child. The instructions usually include using a special shampoo that kills lice, a special comb to comb out lice eggs, or nits, and instructions on how to decontaminate bedding, upholstered furniture, toys, clothes and anything else that might have been infected.

Head lice expert Ian Burgess tells the Daily Mail that shaving isn't even an effective solution for a lice infestation.

"Head lice are able to survive on very short hair and it is also untrue that they only like certain types of hair. Head lice like all hair – clean, dirty, short, long – they're not fussy," he said.

"Lice do not have a preference and if a parent doesn't treat the lice with an effective product they can spread further."

Source: AWM
Photo: Facebook

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