A father is upset after a school refused to explain why his biracial daughter’s hair was cut without permission, leaving her in tears.
Jimmy Hoffmeyer has taken his daughter Jurnee out of Ganiard Elementary School in Michigan after a white student and a white teacher both cut her hair on different occasions. He says that the school has refused to explain why Jurnee’s hair was cut, and he is now considering pulling her out of Mount Pleasant Public and enrolling her in a private school.
Hoffmeyer told Associated Press that Jurnee first arrived home from school on March 24 with hair cut short on one hand.
This is 7 year old Jurnee Hoffmeyer. Jurnee was assaulted by a librarian named Kelly Mogg at Ganiard Elementary school…
He took the seven-year-old to a hair salon to get it fixed so the length gap wouldn’t be as noticeable. Jurnee returned home two days later with the second side of her hair shaved. Hoffmeyer explained, “She was crying,”
“She was afraid of getting in trouble for getting her haircut.
“I asked what happened and said ‘I thought I told you no child should ever cut your hair,”
She said, ‘but dad, it was the teacher.’
According to the Associated Press, the young girl’s hair was cut by a library teacher, but the school said they could not be punished.
After both cases, Hoffmeyer said the school told him, but he didn’t think they did anything. They also declined to show him a video or tell him precisely what happened, he claims. Hoffmeyer said the school called after the student cut Jurnee’s hair and said “the little girl stole the scissors off the teacher’s desk, and they were going to talk to the parents and deal with it accordingly.
The family also received a call from the superintendent of the district, but Hoffmeyer “became enraged and hung up.”
He claims the superintendent suggested sending the family “I’m sorry” cards.
Her father said, “I’m not one to try to make things about race,”
“I’ve pretty much grown up with only white people, myself.”
He said to WTOC, “Our kind of hair, you can’t just wet down and cut it because, and that’s when I feel like they should have, even if they were trying to do it in the kindest of their heart, once they seen the outcome, they should have been like, ‘Yeah, we messed up,’”
“We should probably call him and let him know what just happened.”
Jurnee’s family is now working with the National Parents Union to demand that the school issued a full apology.