Woman Sues School After Bi-racial Daughter's Hair Shaved Without Her Permission

This story is really troubling. No one has any right to cut a child's hair without the parent(s) permission.

A Massachusetts mother has filed a lawsuit against her daughter’s group home/daycare, after a clinician reportedly shaved the little girl’s natural long hair without seeking parental permission.

Denise Robinson’s daughter, Tru Robinson spends a few nights every week at Little Heroes Group Home in Dracut, a co-ed intensive group home for young children with severe emotional issues.

The program is supposed to help young children develop skills to manage complex trauma or mental health symptoms. However, that doesn't seem to have been what they tried to teach her, by cutting off her hair and telling her that her hair would grow straight, instead of curly.

According to the child's mother, she was outraged after she found out caretakers at the group home had cut off her biracial daughter’s long curly hair, leaving her almost bald, after asking the 7-year-old if she wanted a haircut.

She took to her facebook page to talk about the incident.

She wrote:

“Tru was assaulted yesterday at school and anyone who knows me know that I never claim racism — But why was my daughter’s head shaved?”
“There are three other girls in her class, two white girls, one black, none of these girls got scaled. Why Tru??” she wrote.

“My child is mixed race and her hair WAS FULL and curly… She DID NOT AND I REPEAT [NOT] HAVE HEAD LICE OR BUGS!! SO WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?”
Robinson is taking legal action against the children’s home and plans to move her daughter out of the facility.

“I was told a clinician gave permission to Tru to have this haircut done,” she said.
“I am very upset. And I’m not going to stop being upset, because I feel like my child was assaulted and violated.”
The group home told the mother they shaved off Tru’s head for hygienic reasons — a claim Robinson disputes.

She added:

“There was no hygienical reason for them to shave my child’s head. There were no head lice. There were no bed bugs. There was no what I refer to as ‘rasta locks’ going on” .

“Her hair was two pony tails on the side on Saturday and it was braided in the ponytails and there was nothing wrong.”
Robinson's lawyer, Richard Kendell, said the girl's haircut was made by a volunteer, who allegedly made a racial remark before cutting the little girl's beautiful hair.

“The volunteer informed this 7-year-old biracial child that by shaving her head, her hair would grow back straight,” Kendall told CBS Boston. “I find that appalling.”
Meanwhile, the Little Heroes Group Home has also released a statement.

“Decisions regarding grooming are based on a variety of factors, including hygiene,” it read. “We cannot provide any information about any individual served by the program under federal and state law. A review of the circumstances is underway to determine what occurred and, if necessary, appropriate action will be taken.”

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