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Daycare shaves off biracial girl’s hair, says it will ‘grow back straight’

Before her hair was shaved. Photos: Facebook/Denise Robinson

White privilege can take on many hideous forms, as an outraged Black mother found out recently.
A Massachusetts mother went volcanic when she learned that a Connecticut group home daycare center shaved off her biracial daughter’s hair without her prior knowledge nor permission.

Denise Robinson, the mother of Tru, 7, is reportedly going to sue a Dracut school after employees opted to cut off Tru’s long curly hair, one of them allegedly claiming that her hair would grow back straight.

After the staff had her hair shaved. Photos: Facebook/Denise Robinson

I am very upset. And I’m not going to stop being upset because I feel like my child was assaulted and violated,” mother Denise Robinson told NECN.

When Robinson dropped her daughter off at Little Heroes Group Home earlier this month, the 7-year-old’s hair reached well past her shoulders. She said the staff told her the decision to cut off all of Tru’s hair was for reasons of cleanliness.

There was no hygenical reason to shave my child’s head. There was no head lice. There was no bed bugs,” she told the news station. “Her hair was in two pony tails on the side on Saturday and it was braided in the pony tails and there was nothing wrong.”

Now Tru is nearly bald.

Photos: Facebook/Denise Robinson

The Department of Children and Families is investigating the incident and Robinson has since enlisted the help of attorney Richard Kendall Robinson, WHDH reported.

The lawyer said he was shocked by what a volunteer at the center allegedly told the girl before she received her haircut.

The volunteer informed this 7-year-old biracial child that by shaving her head, her hair would grow back straight,” Kendall told reporters. “I find that appalling.”

Robinson said she couldn’t help but wonder whether the incident was racially motivated — either way, she said her daughter was negatively impacted by the haircut.

She’s a very emotionally damaged young lady with behavioral issues, and to put this on top of the whole entire thing is really rough,” Kendall said.

Denise Robinson, right. Photos: Facebook/Denise Robinson

Little Heroes in a written statement said it was looking into the haircut.

Decisions regarding grooming are based on a variety of factors, including hygiene,” according to the release. “A review of circumstances is underway to determine what occurred and, if necessary appropriate action will be taken.”

Robinson, however, was unmoved and inconsolable as she fired off more angry words at the school, this time using Facebook to vent fire.

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??” Richardson wrote on Facebook.

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?” she added.



10 Comments

  1. Mason Youngblood on October 26, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I’ll tell you why..the racist mfers shaved this girl head to set her up for low self-esteem, bullying,etc…all because they are mad that she is mixed with Black. Sonzabi+ches

  2. hidaya on October 26, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Beyond outrageous! Sue the school, the director, the building’s owners and whoever else needs to be sued! The settlement should force the School to pay for the child’s therapy, as wel.

  3. WELOVEUSELENA on October 26, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    THIS WHOLE SITUATION IS RIDICULOUS & RACIST….THAT DAYCARE SHOULD HAVE THEIR LICENSE REVOKED BECAUSE THAT IS JUST INAPPROPRIATE TO DO THAT TO ANY CHILD OF COLOR & I HOPE THAT CHILD’S MOTHER SUES THE DAYCARE TILL THEY GO BROKE OR GO OUT OF BUSINESS….LOL!!!!

  4. Mzunpredictabl3 on October 26, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Her hair was more pretty than white girls I bet and she was outgoing
    Why is this happening 2017

    • Mason Youngblood on October 27, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Because America has and will always be…Fuggin RACIST. That’s what the bull ish was founded on, contrary to popular belief of “One nation under God with liberty and justice for all”. America was designed for control and power.

  5. britishrose on October 26, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    please tell me this is a lie!! under no circumstances should a child hair be even combed in a school ., mother usually comb girls hair and lord have mercy i would definately be ready to explode, i probably would be in jail ., but i know that aint the way to handle it but you talking about a child who at that age already has jealous issues. and this is an outrge in america whites are going to far the hair will grow back for sure but this is not acceptable and omg , i have no words left

  6. britishrose on October 26, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    i pray this chjild will recover from this she will need therapy and that law suite should be at least a million that is considered rape torcher and racially unethical hate crimes are hugh in america and this is a great example of one of them. poor baby she still a cute child no matter

  7. Tipper3 on October 29, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    THIS REMINDS ME OF TALES FROM SLAVERY. WHITE WOMEN WERE JEALOUS OF THE AFRICAN WOMEN BECAUSE THEY COULD DO SO MANY STYLES WITH THEIR HAIR. THEY HAD THEIR MEN SHAVE THE HEADS CLAIMING THE HAIR WAS DIRTY, THEN WHEN IT GREW BACK THEY INSISTED AFRICAN WOMEN WEAR HEAD RAG WRAPS. PART OF trump’s MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN FOR WHITES…THIS WAS SO DEGRADING TO DO THIS TO SUCH A CHILD…PLEASE SUE THE SCHOOL AND THE DAYCARE WORKER…MAKE HER WANT TO SHAVE HER HEAD FOR BEING “BROKE” THE REST OF HER LIFE.

  8. Luv on October 31, 2017 at 1:10 am

    There was no reason of what so ever for the school to shave her head. If they felt something was wrong , then they should have contact the parents.

  9. SrAgri on November 3, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    This article is not being entire honest here. The girl was not at a daycare. She was at a state-run group home for children with serious emotional and behavioral issues. She lived there most of the time. Depending on the situation, her mother may not have had legal custody of the child.

    That being said, the facility had no right to shave a young girl’s head like that. Even if she had lice, there are plenty of treatments that do not involve shaving a girl’s head. If the “hygiene” comment relates to her not allowing her hair to be washed, the haircut was still not appropriate.