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Girl’s dreadlocks shorn off by three sixth-grade boy classmates who held her down: family


Three white sixth-grade boys with a bullying history held down a classmate and hacked off her dreadlocks with scissors, calling her hair “nappy” and “ugly,” her family alleges.

It happened Monday when the students pinned down Amari Allen on the playground at Immanuel Christian School, in what the girl told WUSA-TV was a traumatic attack.

All four are students at the private K-12 school in Fairfax, Va., where tuition runs about $12,000 a year.

One boy covered her mouth, the second held her hands behind her back, and the third yanked out scissors and cut her medium-length dreads while calling her names, WUSA reported.

“They kept laughing and calling me names,” a tearful Amari told WUSA. “They called me ‘ugly,’ said, ‘I shouldn’t have been born.’ They called me ‘an attention-seeker.’ ”

While the incident happened Monday, she didn’t tell her family until Wednesday, when they noticed her hair and asked what had happened. She also said the same three boys routinely took her lunch at school and called her names.

The school, which has a stern anti-bullying policy posted on its website, issued a brief statement and referred all other inquiries to the Fairfax County Police Department.

“We take seriously the emotional and physical well-being of all our students, and have a zero-tolerance policy for any kind of bullying or abuse,” the school told the Daily News by email. “We are deeply disturbed by the allegations being made, and are in communication with the family of the alleged victim to gather information and provide whatever support we can. We have also reached out to law enforcement to ask them to conduct a thorough investigation.”

Police confirmed that they are looking into the report.

“It is an active investigation, and we’re not providing any additional information because the victim is a juvenile,” a Fairfax County Police Department spokesman told The News. “Detectives are actively following up.”

“It’s very painful,” Amari’s mother, Cynthia Allen, told WUSA. “I want to see them dismissed from the school. I want to see something done.”