A dad has shared his rage and bewilderment after his young daughter’s hair was cut without his permission.
Jimmy Hoffmeyer, from South Carolina, said that he had sent 7-year-old Jurnee to school with a full head of hair on Wednesday. The next time he saw her she was missing most of her locks.
Hoffmeyer told local TV channel ABC12/WJRT that Jurnee had been subjected to three haircuts that week: one from a fellow student, another from a bonafide hairstylist and a third from her teacher.
The last one sent her home in tears and her left her dumbfounded father demanding answers.
Describing the teacher’s alleged actions, he said: “Even if they were trying to do it out of the kindness of their heart, once they’d seen the outcome they should have been like, ‘yeah we messed up – we should probably call him and let him know what just happened’.”
Addressing the first unsolicited snip, performed by classmate on the bus ride home, he said: “I mean, I chalked it up because it was a child and you’re not thinking of any serious consequences having to do with a kid.”
Hoffmeyer took his daughter, whose curls had previously reached all the way down her back, to a salon that same day.
He said that the professional job had evened out the other child’s work while leaving Jurnee’s hair still around shoulder-length.
However, the next day, she returned from school in floods of tears sporting what was practically a crew cut.
Jurnee insisted that none of the other kids were responsible for her unwanted new style – this time a member of staff was apparently to blame.
“After that teacher cut her hair, she was so embarrassed, so embarrassed that she had to go back to class like that,” Hoffmeyer told WJRT.
He said he then contacted the school multiple times to find out exactly what had happened and why a teacher would think it was acceptable to cut his daughter’s hair without permission.
Those questions have gone unanswered.
Hoffmeyer confirmed that he had received an apology, but said the school refused to show him video of what happened both on the bus and in the school.
“I would like them to own up to their responsibilities,” he said.
“We’ve been asking for a public apology for the most part to let Jurnee know that yes, they acknowledge that it was wrong, and that it should have never been done, and that she should never have been through something like this.”