The black girl who accused the 3 white boys of pinning her down and cutting her hair says she made it all up.
It was recently reported that 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 has since changed her story and says she falsely accused the boys.
Previously, Amari’s mother said she noticed her daughter’s hair was cut off and uneven, and when she asked her daughter she was told that 3 male students pinned her down and cut off her dreadlocks while calling her slurs like “Nappy” and “Ugly”. Amari first said she was scared to tell her mother about the incident worrying about what might happen to her if she told on the boys.
Amari has since recanted the story, and the Allen family has released an apology:
“We understand there will be consequences, and we’re prepared to take responsibility for them,” the family added in its statement. “We know that it will take time to heal, and we hope and pray that the boys, their families, the school and the broader community will be able to forgive us in time.”
Amari told officials that she cut off her own hair and blamed it on the boys.
The family attorney said security cameras showed where people were during the alleged attack, and after investigation police say that her account could not be true based on the day and time she said it happened.
The head of the school, Stephen Danish has also released a statement saying:
“We’re grateful to the Fairfax County Police Department for their diligent work to investigate these allegations,” Danish said in the statement. “While we are relieved to hear the truth and bring the events of the past few days to a close, we also feel tremendous pain for the victims and the hurt on both sides of this conflict. We recognize that we now enter what will be a long season of healing. This ordeal has revealed that we as a school family are not immune from the effects of deep racial wounds in our society. We view this incident as an opportunity to be part of a learning and healing process, and we will continue to support the students and families involved,”
Danish’s statement did not include any possible disciplinary actions against Amari.