Jimmy Hoffmeyer filed the lawsuit in opposition to Mount Nice Public Colleges, a librarian and a trainer assistant on Tuesday, alleging racial discrimination, assault, battery ethnic intimidation and intentional infliction of emotional misery. His daughter is biracial.
She now attends one other college.
Hoffmeyer mentioned the lady arrived dwelling in March from Ganiard Elementary College with most of her hair on one aspect of her head reduce. The lady – who’s Black and White — mentioned a classmate reduce her hair on a college bus.
Her mother and father complained to the varsity principal and had the lady’s hair styled at a salon. Two days later, she got here dwelling with a lot of her hair reduce on the opposite aspect of her head.
“I requested what occurred and mentioned ‘I assumed I instructed you no little one ought to ever reduce your hair,’” Hoffmeyer mentioned on the time. “She mentioned ‘however dad, it was the trainer.’ The trainer reduce her hair to even it out.”
Within the lawsuit filed in Grand Rapids, Hoffmeyer alleges the district did not correctly prepare and supervise its workers. In July, the district mentioned a staffer who reduce the lady’s hair was reprimanded and an impartial third-party investigation decided that regardless of “good intentions” of the employee who reduce the lady’s hair, doing so with out permission from her mother and father and with out the information of district directors violated college coverage.
Two different workers did not report the incident and all three have since apologized.
A faculty board investigation discovered no racial bias. Nonetheless, Hoffmeyer mentioned he was by no means questioned in regards to the incident.
“We’re assured that the details will prevail given our district’s applicable and aggressive response to the incident and the findings of the third-party investigation that was carried out,” Amy Bond, president of the Nice Public Colleges Board of Schooling mentioned in an announcement. “We are going to aggressively defend in opposition to these baseless allegations in court docket and won’t permit this to distract us from our mission to offer each little one a world-class training that prepares them for school and careers.”
Fox Information has reached out to Bond and district directors.
The Related Press contributed to this report.