School officials in Jones County in Mississippi have determined that a school principal did not cut a student’s hair and that accusations were made up by the child’s mother, WDAM reports.
Lattrice Averette took to Facebook on Tuesday and posted before and after pictures of her 11-year-old son’s hair. Averette claims that the principal of North Jones Elementary School cut off her son’s hair because it was getting in his face and made him pick it up when they were done.
“Still shocked that the principal of a school who is the leader for the rest of her staff felt she had enough authority to cut my son’s hair his locks his cultural identity,” she wrote on social media.
The Jones County Superintendent, Tommy Parker, said an investigation was launched and that officials spoke to students, faculty and look at surveillance footage of the school and determined there was no evidence to support the claim.
“Based on what we found, we found absolutely no evidence that there is any proof what so ever that his allegations of having his hair cut at school exist,” said Parker.
Averette’s son alleges that the principal called him into their office on Monday and gave him the impromptu haircut.
“I spent two hours watching minute by minute video today to see if [there] was an occasion that the student that’s made the accusations against the school’s principal was at or near the school office,” Parker said. “In the time frame he said he was at the school office, there is no video evidence that he was at or near the school office at any time.”
Averette said she withdrew her son from the school and pressed charges at the justice court against the school principal and counselor.
“I was highly upset,” she said. “I needed something to be done, and I wanted some justice for my son. He is autistic, suffers from ADHD and post-traumatic stress because of this school.”
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