A Texas mom was more than a little upset when her daughter Leah , age seven, returned home from school with her hands covered in strange-looking tattoos.
“I saw her hands were decorated and asked her what is this and she said it’s henna. I didn’t know what that was,” Tammy Samour said.
It was a part of Multicultural Day at Ed White Elementary School in Seabrook, Texas, according to Houston station KHOU. But learning other cultures is a far cry from having them painted on.
“We tried to get it off and it didn’t budge,” said Samour. Henna is a dye that comes from the henna tree and is used in India and other cultures. Although it’ll wear off eventually, it won’t anytime soon.
But what was truly upsetting was what Samour learned when she researched the tattoos and found Hindu and Muslim connections.
“It’s upsetting to go through Christmas with another religion’s celebratory symbolism all over my daughter’s hands,” she said.
Clear Creek ISD leaders have since apologized. “This is intended to celebrate diversity and not to be divisive,” said Clear Creek ISD Spokesperson Elaina Polsen.
They did send an email home before Multicultural Day, saying henna would be used, but admit they didn’t explain what it was.
They’ve even offered to Photoshop Leah’s hands in the family’s holiday photos, but her mom says that won’t wipe away what happened.
“Exploring other cultures is a wonderful thing,” Samour told the station. “But tattooing another culture’s expressions on my daughter is not acceptable.”
In the meantime, Merry Christmas.
Watch the report, via KHOU News.
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