A furious mother has filed suit against her young daughter’s group home, claiming that the school and treatment facility shaved the mixed-race girl’s curly locks without asking for her mom’s permission – or ever providing a valid reason for doing so.
Denise Robison was mortified when her seven-year-old daughter, Tru, came home from the Little Heroes Group Home in Dracut, Massachusetts, with a shocking new do, NECN reported.
“I am very upset,” she said. “And I’m not going to stop being upset because I feel like my child was assaulted and violated.”
Little Heroes Group Home, which describes itself as “an intensive group home” that “[serves] latency age children who come to us with social, emotional, mental health and behavior challenges,” told Robison that Tru’s hair needed to be shaved for hygiene reasons. Tru boards at the home for certain nights of the week, and when her mother dropped her off, her hair “was down her back.”
“I was told a clinician gave permission to Tru to have this haircut done,” Robinson said, noting that she was never once contacted.
In a statement, Little Heroes Group Home implied that it has some authority in making certain decisions.
“The program employs a diverse staff that is attentive to the needs of all children,” the statement read. “Decisions regarding grooming are based on a variety of factors, including hygiene.”
Robison begs to differ, alleging that the program director promised to call her regarding any matters that arose with her daughter.
“There was no hygienical reason for them to shave my child’s head,” she complained. “There was no head lice. There was no bed bugs. There was no what I refer to as ‘rasta locks’ going on. Her hair was two pony tails on the side on Saturday and it was braided in the ponytails and there was nothing wrong.”