US man files $1m lawsuit after Michigan teacher cuts child’s hair

US man files $1m lawsuit after Michigan teacher cuts child's hair
The row began after a fellow student cut Jurnee Hoffmeyer's hair while on a school bus, her father said. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: A teacher cut hair of a seven-year-old girl in Michigan without parental permission. Now the girl’s father is suing the school district and two staff members for $1m.

The lawsuit of Jimmy Hoffmeyer says the constitutional rights of his mixed-race daughter have been violated.

He also has pulled his daughter out of the school.

In July, an investigation by the school district concluded that the teacher had broken school policy but she had not acted with racial bias.

The teacher was reprimanded but allowed to keep her job at Ganiard Elementary School in Mount Pleasant.

Last April, Jimmy Hoffmeyer told the Associated Press (AP) that his daughter Jurnee had returned home from school one day with much of the hair on one side cut. The father said a classmate of her daughter had used scissors to cut Jurnee’s long curly hair on a school bus.

Jurnee returned home from school two days later with the hair on the other side of her head cut – even though a hairdresser had given her an asymmetrical cut to make the different lengths less obvious.

Mr Hoffmeyer said he thought another child had done it but his daughter told him it was a teacher.

He told AP: “The teacher cut her hair to even it out.”

According to reports, the lawsuit was filed in a federal court in west Michigan against Mount Pleasant Public Schools and two teaching staff.

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