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Father of Mich. girl whose hair was cut by teacher files $1M lawsuit

This undated photo provided by Jimmy Hoffmeyer shows his daughter Jurnee Hoffmeyer before a teacher cut her hair on separate occasions. (Jimmy Hoffmeyer via AP)

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UPDATED 2:43 PM PT – Saturday, September 18, 2021

The father of a seven-year-old Michigan girl has filed a lawsuit after a teacher allegedly cut his daughter’s hair without permission. In the $1 million suit filed against the district, a librarian and a teacher’s assistant, Michigan resident Jimmy Hoffmeyer claimed his biracial daughter’s rights were violated.

This comes after his daughter came home from school on two different occasions with her hair cut. The second cut reportedly came from one of the district’s teachers.

“I just don’t understand why she thought a child could make any decisions like that, whether it was straightening it, whether it was cutting it. Why is she touching my child period? During a COVID pandemic and without permission. I just don’t understand that,” said Hoffmeyer.

Documents filed with the court read, “[the district] failed to properly train, monitor, direct, discipline and supervise their employees and knew or should have known that the employees would engage in the complained of behavior given the improper training, customs, procedures and policies, and the lack of discipline that existed for employees.”

Meanwhile, Hoffmeyer is also suing for racial discrimination, ethic intimidation and assault and battery stemming from the incident.

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