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A white Michigan elementary school librarian who made the boneheaded decision in March to cut the hair of one of her students is being allowed to keep her job, despite all the racial backlash that had ensued over the incident.
In March, a mean-spirited classmate of biracial 7-year-old Jurnee Hoffmeyer snipped some of her locks while she was on the bus, causing her hair to become asymmetrical. When her black father found out, he took her to a stylist to fix her up.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t much that could be done besides “provide an asymmetrical style or to cut off the remaining hair,” as reported at the time by MLive.com.
And so the barber styled Hoffmeyer’s hair (and for free) and promised to work on it further (for free) as it grew in.
Problem solved, right? Not exactly.
Two days later, the white librarian at Hoffmeyer’s school decided to intervene — not knowing the whole story and how her dad had taken her to a stylist — by cutting her hair to even it out and make it symmetrical again.
When her father found out, all hell broke loose, and the cutting of his daughter’s hair quickly became a national scandal replete with accusations of racism.
Bernita Bradley, a delegate for the power National Parents Union, went so far as to describe what happened as a “modern-day scalping.” She also insisted that it was racially motivated.
“That’s exactly what it is. It equates to the fact that you don’t like something that naturally grows out of my body and to ostracize me, you scalp me,” she said at the time.
Hoffmeyer’s father reportedly began working with Bradley and NPU in hopes of resolving the matter.
A cursory glance at NPU’s Twitter feed suggests it’s a fairly far-left organization.
Observe, and take note of the use of left-wing buzzwords like “BIPOC” and “equity,” and its endorsement of racial essentialist critical race theory propaganda:
In 2021, #MLK‘s words ring truer than ever. This year, we can honor his legacy together by demanding that the new federal administration commits to restorative justice for #BIPOC families with initiatives designed to rebuild our education system via connection and healing. pic.twitter.com/fw1wjlVy29
— National Parents Union (@NationalParents) January 18, 2021
Why do YOU fight for educational equity?
For @fun_oflearning, it’s about ensuring that every child gets a proper education and understands their place in our world. 🎓🌎
— National Parents Union (@NationalParents) February 7, 2020
Statement from the Delegates and Staff of the National Parents Union on Critical Race Theory pic.twitter.com/VJCfQheURR
— National Parents Union (@NationalParents) May 21, 2021
Hoffmeyer’s father made it clear at the time that he wasn’t looking for a mere apology. He wanted something more.
When Mount Pleasant Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Verleger offered to mail “I’m sorry” cards to him and his family, he reportedly hung up the phone.
A couple of months later, there’s finally been resolution — though it’s unclear how he feels about it.
This week the Mount Pleasant Public Schools Board of Education announced that a third-party investigation into the incident has found that the teacher’s behavior, while enormously dumb, wasn’t racially motivated.
“There is no evidence the incident was motivated by racial bias,” the board said.
This wasn’t to say that the teacher had acted appropriately.
“Cutting a student’s hair on school grounds either with or without parent permission is a clear violation of school policy. … As a result of the district’s investigation, the employee who cut the student’s hair will be placed on a ‘last chance’ agreement during which time any future violations will likely result in termination,” the board ruled.
“We believe a last chance agreement is appropriate given that the employee has an outstanding record of conduct and has never once been reprimanded in more than 20 years of work at MPPS,” the board added.
The school district where a staff member cut the curly hair of a biracial 7-year-old student this spring said Friday that an “independent, third-party investigation” found “no evidence the incident was motivated by racial bias.” pic.twitter.com/xwwHPHYgLO
— Michigan Radio (@MichiganRadio) July 6, 2021
In a statement to MLive.com, NPU lashed out against the decision, describing it as a “slap on the wrist,” and predictably resorting to racial rhetoric again.
“The librarian is still gainfully employed with nothing more than a slap on the wrist while the consequences of her actions will be lifelong trauma for Jurnee Hoffmeyer as the result of this assault,” the far-left group said.
“A white employee and white administrators being investigated by a nearly all-white school board who hired an unknown ‘independent investigator’ is not an appropriate lens by which to evaluate this situation,” it added.
The group also accused the third-party investigators of not speaking with Hoffmeyer or her parents and claimed the district has done a “coverup.”
“Jurnee must and will have justice,” the radical group concluded.
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