Fairfax Co. private school says allegation of student who accused classmates of cutting dreadlocks is false

WTOP | 9/30/2019 | Staff
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A private school in Fairfax County, Virginia, has confirmed Monday that the allegations of a student who accused her classmates of cutting her hair and using racist insults were false.

Immanuel Christian School, in Springfield, Virginia, said in a statement that it is going to enter a “long season of healing.”

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The school said Monday that it is grateful to the police for their diligent work to investigate the allegations. Fairfax County police investigated the alleged assault.

The family of the 12-year-old student who made the accusations said in a statement via the school that they sincerely apologize to the accused boys and their parents for the pain and anxiety caused by the allegations.

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The allegation was initially covered by many local news outlets and made national news.

Her family also apologized to the school and for the criticism it endured, and to the community that supported the girl. “We apologize for betraying your trust,” her family’s statement said.

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The sixth-grade student, who is black, said three white classmates attacked her on the school’s playground on Sept. 23. She said they pinned her down against a slide and tried to cut her hair, while saying racist insults and calling her hair ugly.

The girl said she did not tell anyone what happened for two days, but eventually, her family told the school and got Fairfax County police involved.

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When they learned what happened, the school issued a statement saying it was deeply disturbed by the allegations, and they cited a “zero tolerance” policy on bullying.

The school said that what happened revealed that it was “not immune from the effects of deep racial wounds” in society, and it will continue to support the students and families involved.

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The girl’s family said that they understand there will be consequences, and they are prepared to take responsibility for them. “We know that...
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