A black middle school student from Virginia accuses three white boys of holding her and cutting off her dreadlocks. The incident occurred at the Immanuel Christian School – where the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, Karen Pence, is a teacher.
Amari Allen, a 12-year-old student at K-12 private Christian school, said the boys called their dreadlocks "ugly" and "windy" before cutting them off at the playground during the break.
"She continued to laugh and called names to me," Amari told CBS partner WUSA-TV and tore it open. "They called me" ugly "and said:" I should not have been born. "They called me" an attention seeker "
According to WUSA One of the boys covered Amari's mouth while another held her hands behind her back and a third took scissors to her dreadlocks.
"They ran away laughing and I just sat there," Amari said.
The alleged incident occurred on Monday, but the shy youth said she had told her family about her grandmother's news on Wednesday that her hair looked different. She feared retaliation if she confessed the truth, she said.
"It's very painful," said Cynthia Allen, Amari's grandmother. "I want you to get rid of the school, I want something done."
Allen's family pays nearly $ 12,000 a year for Amari's schooling, which made headlines for Karen earlier this year
"We take the emotional and physical well-being of all our students seriously and pursue a zero tolerance policy for any kind of bullying or abuse," Immanuel Christian School said in a statement. "We are deeply disturbed by the allegations and are in contact with the family of the alleged victim to gather information and provide all kinds of support, and we have also turned to law enforcement authorities for a thorough investigation and others Investigations should be directed to the Fairfax County Police. "
While the school is pursuing a zero tolerance policy for bullying, Amari said the boys had tortured them before. She said that in the past, the boys had lunch and named their names.
Amari's family met with school officials on Thursday and investigations are continuing.