A Massachusetts mother is suing a state-run residential program for allegedly shaving her daughter’s head last week without permission. Denise Robinson claims that the Little Heroes Group Home in Dracut cut off all of her 7-year-old’s long hair without contacting her.
“I am very upset, and I’m not going to stop being upset because I feel like my child was assaulted and violated,” Robinson told NBC Boston.
Her daughter Tru lives at the facility part-time because she has “severe emotional issues,” the station reports. Robinson alleges that a Little Heroes employee attributed the haircut to a hygiene issue, but she insists there was nothing of the sort.
“There was no head lice. There was no bed bugs,” Robinson told NBC Boston. “Her hair was two ponytails on the side on Saturday and it was braided in the ponytails and there was nothing wrong.”
Her attorney Richard Kendell claims that the salon volunteer who gave the haircut said something troubling to Tru as well.
“The volunteer informed this 7-year-old biracial child that by shaving her head, her hair would grow back straight,” Kendell told CBS Boston. “I find that appalling.”
“I’m not afraid to say it and talk about the elephant in the room,” he informed Boston 25 News. “I believe it’s a biracial matter and by shaving her head close they were somehow implying that straighter hair is better than dread, curly hair.”
Little Heroes responded to the allegations in a statement, saying they cannot release information about children in the program by law, but that a review is currently underway to “determine what occurred and, if necessary, appropriate action will be taken.”
[h/t CBS Boston]