Classmates of a Tennessee high schooler with a rare scalp condition decided to film themselves ripping her wig off in order to make $5.
According to Lauren Williams’ mother, Myckelle, some boys at Franklin High School bet one another last Friday they wouldn’t tear off the 16-year-old’s hair.
Not only did they carry out the inhumane act, they also posted footage of the incident on social media with the caption “Weave snatchin.”
“Yesterday I received a call from my youngest daughter screaming and crying on the phone for me to come and get her from school,” Myckelle Williams wrote in a Facebook post describing what her child had been subjected to despite suffering from a disorder that results in severe dryness and hair loss.
Two teenage boys used Snapchat to record themselves wrenching Lauren Williams’ wig from her head as she walked the hallways of Franklin High School.
(NewsChannel 5 Nashville)
“They followed her to the bathroom as she screamed and cried and proceeded to tape her OVER the stall as she cried and begged for her wig.”
Officials with Williamson County Schools say that in addition to the suspensions the teens have received, they will also work with law enforcement to prosecute at least two of them “to the fullest extent of the law.”
“When they tore that off me, I felt basically naked and I felt so insecure myself and just terrible,” said Lauren Williams. “My hair is like my one place where I can feel safe, and I loved having wigs to express myself.”
Williams says that when her wig was forcibly pulled away from her scalp, chunks of her hair were torn out as well since she uses pins and glue to hold the wig in place, leaving abrasions around her head.