Texas School District Being Sued For Allegedly Drawing On Student's Head With Sharpie While Staff Laughed
"Juelz was immensely humiliated and shamed," the family's attorney said.
Update (August 20, 2019): A Texas school district and three of its employees are being sued for drawing on a 13-year-old boy's head with a Black sharpie.
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According to local news source KHOU-11, a federal lawsuit was filed Sunday against the Pearland Independent School District and three of its employees for drawing on Juelz Trice's head with a sharpie without his consent.
The assistant principal, discipline clerk and a teacher at Berry Miller Junior High allegedly laughed as they filled in the young boy’s fresh haircut with a permanent marker.
"The Berry Miller Junior High School officials laughed as they took many minutes to color the 13-year-old Juelz's scalp which then took many days of scrubbing to come off. Juelz was immensely humiliated and shamed," Randall Kallinen, the family's attorney, said in a statement. "The school officials did not phone Juelz Trice's parents or hold any hearing as required by law. Had they been phoned, Juelz's parents would have shortened Juelz's hair to get rid of the line design and he would have been back at school the same morning."
According to the lawsuit, administrators said the haircut violated the school's dress code.
The seventh grader was told he would be suspended or the design would immediately be filled in, the lawsuit stated.
Trice's parents are now calling on the school's principal and another official to resign, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The school has not yet responded to the lawsuit.
Original: A Texas middle school official is under fire for requesting a student to fill in their shaved haircut with a marker.
The Houston Chronicle reports an assistant principal at Berry Miller Junior High School has been dismissed on administrative leave following an incident with a male student that resulted in the child filling in his shaved head with a marker.
The publication reports the adolescent was in violation of Pearland Independent School District's dress code which prohibits “extreme hairstyles such as carvings, mohawks, spikes, etc.”
According to Yahoo, the child's mother or guardian, Angela Washington, posted her disapproval about the decision on Facebook on Friday. The note states that the student described as "Juelz" had his hair cut on Tuesday and arrived for class on Wednesday with his hair shaven with a carved "M" on the side.
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The school official reportedly told Juelz that his designs were in defiance of the district's rules and offered him to either call his mother, complete his day in detention or fill in the shaved parts of his head with a permanent black marker. Juelz chose the latter.
"They did not call to inform me at all," wrote Washington before uploading photos of the coloration on her child's head, noting that it remained visible days afterward.
Washington's post sparked local interest and outrage, with over 2,500 shares and 1,700 comments as of Wednesday afternoon.
"That's child abuse, please report this!!" urged one.
"That’s disrespectful," another replied. "I’ve seen people with all the colors of the rainbow in their heads when I was in school and they want to do this. Go to the superintendent or a board meeting. At least your patient if that were my son I’d be in jail right now."
"I’m calling and emailing because they are [known] for mistreating little Black boys in that district!!!" a third wrote.
The negative responses prompted the Pearland Independent School District to acknowledge the incident and issue an apology.
The statement confirmed that the young boy, indeed, defied the rules, but the district also admitted that the Assistant Principal's response to color in his hair “is not condoned by the district and does not align with appropriate measures for dress code violations.”
“District administration has contacted the student’s family to express our extreme disappointment in this situation, which does not fall in line with the values of Pearland ISD,” it continued.
The school district's trustee Mike Floyd also shared Washington's post on Tuesday and advocated for the school administrator to be fired.
“From what we’re seeing emerging right now in the public discourse, it’s just absolutely inappropriate what occurred,” Floyd wrote. “The real problem is there’s a clear and obvious display of a lack of judgment.”
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