Michigan father files $1 million lawsuit after teacher chops off daughter’s curly hair without permission

A father in Michigan has filed a $1 million lawsuit against his daughter’s school district, alleging the 7-year-old child faced ethnic intimidation and racial discrimination when a teacher chopped off her long golden curls without permission earlier this year.

When Jurnee Hoffmeyer, who is biracial, arrived at Ganiard Elementary the morning of March 24, her hair flowed down to the middle of her back. When she returned home the same afternoon however, her blonde locks were mostly chopped off on one side. She recalled for her father, Jimmy, in tears how a girl gave her the cut on the school bus.

He chalked it up to kids’ antics and took Jurnee to a stylist, who gave her a new hairdo in a bid to make the asymmetry appear intentional and trendy. But when Jurnee returned home after school just two days later, she was again in tears, this time because a librarian at the school lopped off the hair on the other side of her head.

This undated photo provided by Jimmy Hoffmeyer shows his daughter Jurnee Hoffmeyer before a classmate and a teacher cut her hair on separate occasions. Jimmy Hoffmeyer has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school district, a librarian and a teacher assistant, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. The lawsuit alleges that the girl’s constitutional rights were violated, racial discrimination, ethnic intimidation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault and battery.

“I asked what happened and said ‘I thought I told you no child should ever cut your hair,’” Hoffmeyer said at the time. “She said ‘but dad, it was the teacher.’ The teacher cut her hair to even it out.”

Hoffmeyer on Tuesday filed a $1.4 million lawsuit in federal court in Grand Rapids, which takes aim at Mount Pleasant School District, the librarian involved and a teacher’s assistant who did not report the incident. He alleged the district “failed to properly train, monitor, direct, discipline, and supervise their employees, and knew or should have known that the employees would engage in the complained of behavior given the improper training, customs, procedures, and policies, and the lack of discipline that existed for employees.”

Back in July, an internal investigation by the school district concluded the librarian did not act with racial bias, though the unidentified staff member was put on a “last chance” employment agreement, which means any future infraction will trigger her termination.

The district is located about 150 miles northwest of Detroit. About 4 percent of Mount Pleasant’s 25,000 residents are Black, according to the U.S. Census.

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  1. From what I read about this story from a different source, this story is a total fabrication. Either the first story I read got essential facts wrong or this story is totally misleading and racist. I suggest if you read this story and are bothered by it, you go to other reports concerning it and do your own research.

    1. I also read a non racist version of this.. looks like someone looking for a windfall without lifting a finger. Not only that, my child would not go out in public looking like she was not groomed. This kids hair looked like she has just d rolled out of bed. And I don’t give a flying fig what race you are. Get that out of your face,eyes. Children need too hav the least distractions, they have zero attentive span. Hair combed put away,clothes clean, and fitted. Shoes that really tie not flips,sandals,Crocs, also put on socks. Bermuda shorts not daisy Mae’s,t shirts or blouses. Not bras camisoles.. bad enough the teachers promote communism ,socialism, and want the children too be goose steppers. If your go8ng too send your kid too gov. School, the baseline of honesty and patriotism must start at home too counter genocide of america

  2. I agreed with the father until he brings up race. Race had nothing to do with this and people always have to go to that, I guess they think the school will settle faster if they scream racist. The kid on the bus should be punished and the people at school but none of this is racist. I don’t know if this father is aware but black people aren’t the only ones with curly hair.

  3. The child looks absolutely adorable either way her hair is. No teacher has the right to cut a young child’s hair without the parents permission. Racial or not. It’s time for teachers to be taught that they are there to teach children, not politically indoctrinate them, not try to take over decisions that should only be made by the parents, and not to think that because their are entrusted to care, teach and protect children in their care that they are above the parents. It’s time for teachers to get back into their place and to quit thinking they have the right to make decisions on the child’s behalf that are not theirs to make.The only time they should interfere between a child and a parents choice on how to raise their child is if the child is being harmed by a parent.

  4. The Democrats have broken so many laws without getting punished that we now have everybody braking laws thinking they can get away with it.

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