A mother named Denise Robinson is suing Little Heroes Group Home in Dracut, Massachusetts after a volunteer shaved her daughter's head without contacting her first.
According to NBC Boston, the 7-year-old girl named Tru lives part-time at the group home to help cope with "severe emotional issues." A salon volunteer went ahead and shaved Tru's hair without consulting her mother, citing that they did it due to a "hygiene issue" — a reason Robinson thinks is totally bogus.
"There was no hygienical reason for them to shave my child’s head. There were no head lice. There were no bed bugs. There was no what I refer to as 'rasta locks' going on," Robinson said. "Her hair was two pony tails on the side on Saturday and it was braided in the ponytails and there was nothing wrong."
This before-and-after shows Tru's long hair versus her cropped haircut. Boston25 news anchor Jacqui Heinrich tweeted the image:
According to the attorney, the hairdresser also gave Tru a disturbing reason to get the haircut:
"The volunteer informed this 7-year-old biracial child that by shaving her head, her hair would grow back straight," Robinson's lawyer Richard Kendell told CBS Boston. "I find that appalling."
He went on to say, "I'm not afraid to say it and talk about the elephant in the room. I believe it's a biracial matter and by shaving her head close they were somehow implying that straighter hair is better than dread, curly hair."
The Little Heroes Group Home, a co-ed intensive group home for children ages 5-11, responded to allegations in a statement that said they could not release information about children in the program by law, but are further investigating the matter.
Until then, Robinson is refusing to back down: "I am very upset, and I'm not going to stop being upset because I feel like my child was assaulted and violated."