But two days later, Hoffmeyer came home crying with her hair trimmed short, according to Laster. She said that her librarian had cut her hair while at school. Two other school employees were also aware of the incident but didn’t report it, Laster said.
The family believes the unauthorized haircut was due to racial bias, Laster said. Hoffmeyer’s dad reported the incident to the school district but transferred her out after the employee wasn’t fired, 그녀가 말했다.
The employee who cut the student’s hair won’t be fired, the district said in the statement Friday, but will “be placed on a ‘last chance’ agreement during which time any future violations will likely result in termination.”
“We believe a last chance agreement is appropriate given that the employee has an outstanding record of conduct and has never once been reprimanded in more than 20 years of work at MPPS,” 성명은 말했다.
The district also noted that the two other employees who didn’t report the haircut were given written reprimands that will remain in their school file.
“It’s clear from the third-party investigation and the district’s own internal investigation that MPPS employees had good intentions when performing the haircut,” the district said. “상관없이, their decisions and actions are unacceptable and show a major lack of judgement. The employees involved have acknowledged their wrong actions and apologized.”
Laster said that the family felt twice victimized after hearing the results of the investigation.
“First the librarian cut her hair without permission, and she suffered traumatically,” Laster told CNN. “She is now in counseling and therapy for a thing that happened to her and is still trying to grow her hair back.”
“The school board only offered a small reprimand, so they feel victimized again,” 그녀가 말했다.
Laster said she found the investigation results disappointing and confusing, especially because none of the Hoffmeyer family was interviewed or asked for their perspective.
“They didn’t get both sides of the story, so how do you get those key findings?” 그녀가 말했다. “Overall it’s a lack of accountability.”
CNN has reached out to the school district for comment.
The family has decided to pursue a state investigation into the incident and has filed a complaint with Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights. The department confirmed it is investigating a certified complaint from Hoffmeyer’s father.
“We cannot discuss the particulars of a complaint while it remains under investigation,” said Vicki Levengood, communications director for the department. “We can say, 하나, that our Community Engagement Director will be in contact with the school administration again this week to assess the situation and to assist with training and educational opportunities that we believe may help prevent an incident of this type from occurring in the future.”
CNN has also reached out to the Michigan Department of Education and the Hoffmeyer’s attorney for comment.
The family is also trying to push for more legislation that makes it illegal to discriminate based on hair, Laster said.
“No child should be receiving a haircut at school,” 그녀가 말했다. “This has been humiliating to her family, and this is a young girl who is developing and is going to have a lifelong impact. They are not seeing the harm. They are protecting adults, not children.”