Girl Faces Expulsion for Being a Victim of Bullying



A perfect example of how a poor school culture encourages students to bully others. A girl’s mother complains to the school because her daughter is being mocked for her distinctive hairstyle. The school’s response: She should have a haircut or face expulsion.

You are supposed to be deterring bullies not validating them!

An African-American girl could be expelled unless she cuts her hair.

On Monday, WKMG reported that 12-year-old Vanessa VanDyke was told she has a week to decide whether to cut her natural hair or leave Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Fla.

“It says that I’m unique,” VanDyke said. “First of all, it’s puffy and I like it that way. I know people will tease me about it because it’s not straight. I don’t fit in.”

VanDyke’s mom, Sabrina Kent, said her daughter has had the same hairstyle since the beginning of the school year, but school officials only became concerned after Kent complained to them about her daughter being teased.

“There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me that they’re blaming her,” Kent said.

Faith Christian Academy did not immediately return a call for comment from The Huffington Post nor did the school answer any questions from WKMG.

Kent said officials told her VanDyke’s hair is a “distraction.”


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One Response to “Girl Faces Expulsion for Being a Victim of Bullying”

  1. John Tapscott Says:

    Some “Christian” schools have lost the plot. I worked in one that insisted you were not to call traffic cones “witches’ hats”. Everybody calls them “witches’ hats”. It’s just two descriptive words. OK they’re not really “witches’ hats”. But there are more important things to get worked up about than what you call an object and a child’s hair style. At one school (a state school) where I work there is a Pacific Islander girl with similar hair. She is loved by all her friends and teachers and nobody would think to bully her. The issue here is not the child’s hair but the fact that there is a culture of bullying in the school. The shame of it is that it occurs in a “Christian” school.

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