Officials at Ottawa University have launched an investigation after a junior student said she was removed from its cheerleading team for refusing to remove her hair bonnet during practice in an effort to keep her braids from striking teammates.

After Talyn Jefferson stood her ground on the issue, she said a white team coach insulted her with insensitive statements about Black hair. Following her dismissal from the team, Jefferson would share her story via text with a friend, who in turn posted the story on Twitter earlier this month, according to the Kansas City Star.

The coach made jokes about her hair and said she understands Black women’s hairstyles, Jefferson said. “I do Black people’s hair,” the tweet quoted the coach saying. “I’m a cosmetologist! I lived with a Black girl for five years. I do understand what it’s like to have hair like that.”

The 20-year-old said she didn’t intend to take her story public on Twitter, but was grateful that her friend shared it on the social media platform, which has brought more attention to her predicament.

“I got kicked off because I was standing up for myself against microaggressive comments that the coach made toward me, that made me and others very uncomfortable,” Jefferson told the Star. “Instead of the university addressing the fact that the comments were out of line and made me uncomfortable and the coach should have apologized, their solution was to kick me off instead.”

She later revealed on Twitter that she has "withdrawn from the school due to personal financial issues,” as rumors began to form that she had been expelled, the Kansas City Star reports.