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Michigan father sues school after teacher cuts biracial daughter’s hair without permission

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A father in Michigan has filed a lawsuit against his daughter’s school district after she came home with an unapproved haircut given to her by a teacher. The lawsuit, filed in federal court Sept. 14 for $1 million, alleges the 7-year-old biracial girl was racially and ethnically discriminated against. In addition, the teachers are facing eight counts of civil rights violations, MLive.com reported. It addresses the defendants as Mount Pleasant public schools, a librarian, and a teacher’s assistant. "Jurnee had long, curly hair prior to it being cut off," the complaint said.

“I asked what happened and said, ‘I thought I told you no child should ever cut your hair,’” ​​Jimmy Hoffmeyer, the child’s father, told the Associated Press. “She said, ‘But dad, it was the teacher.’ The teacher cut her hair to even it out.”

Hoffmeyer told the AP that in March his daughter, Jurnee, arrived home from school with one side of her head unevenly cut, she told him then a classmate used scissors to cut her hair on a school bus. After the incident, she returned home days later with almost all her hair cut, but this time it wasn’t done by a student but by a teacher. “She was crying. She was afraid of getting in trouble for getting her hair cut,” Hoffmeyer told the AP.

After the initial incident, Hoffmeyer, a Black man, had taken his daughter to a hairdresser to correct the uneven cut. Therefore, he was shocked that a teacher attempted to cut his........

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