Three white students are accused of pinning down a black girl and cutting her dreadlocks while calling her slurs like “Nappy” and “Ugly”.
12-year-old 6th grader Amari Allen who attends Immanuel Christian School in Fairfax County, Virginia said she was bullied by students, then pinned down and had her dreadlocks cut.
She said the boy called her an “Attention seeker” while hurling other slurs at her.
Allen told CBS News:
“They kept laughing and calling me names. They called me ‘ugly,’ said ‘I shouldn’t have been born.’ They called me ‘an attention-seeker.'”
According to WUSA9 News, a group of white male students allegedly attacked her on the playground with scissors, and while cutting her hair off called her slurs like “Nappy”.
Amari said she was initially afraid to speak about the incident worrying about what may happen to her. It wasn’t until Wednesday when her mother noticed her hair was shorter and uneven that she admitted what happened.
According to the school’s website, tuition for sixth-grade students is $11,500 per year to attend Immanuel Christian School.
Her mother, Cynthia Allen said:
“It’s very painful, I want to see them dismissed from the school. I want to see something done.”
According to WJLA-TV, when the Allen Family filed a complaint with the Fairfax County police department and met with school officials, they were told to pray about the situation and have Amari return to school on Monday.
News outlets have reached out to VP Pence and his wife Karen Pence for an official comment, as Karen started working there as a teacher earlier this year, but have yet to hear back.
The school released a statement saying:
“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. 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.”