A 12-year-old African-American girl has accused three white classmates of pinning her down and cutting off her dreadlocks with scissors.
Amari Allen says the assault happened during break time at her private school in Springfield, Virginia, on Monday.
She alleges that the boys held her down on a slide and called her hair “ugly” and “nappy” and cut some off.
The alleged attack took place at the Immanuel Christian School, where the US Vice-President’s wife, Karen Pence teaches.
The school and local police both confirmed they were investigating the incident.
In a statement, the school said they had asked local police to investigate the incident. The statement reads, “We take seriously the emotional and physical well-being of all our students, and have a zero-tolerance policy for any kind of bullying or abuse.”
“We are deeply disturbed by the allegations being made, and are in communication with the family of the alleged victim to gather information and provide whatever support we can.”
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