Mother says bullies cut her daughter’s hair at Philadelphia elementary school

Amina's hair was cut by bullies. [Photo: 6abc]

A Muslim mother in Philadelphia has criticised an elementary school after bullies cut her daughter’s hair.

Yamina Zahir told Action News that her daughter, Amina, 8, has been repeatedly bullied at Commodore John Barry Elementary School in South Philadelphia for over a year.

She said it had got so bad that on Wednesday Amina came home from school with a large patch of her hair missing from the back of her head.

Amina said she informed her teacher that another female student cut her hair with scissors, but added that the teacher did nothing.

Ms Zahir said she later spoke with her daughter’s teacher and the school counsellor, and even called the police to the school, but still nothing has been done.

She added: “Nothing is happening. Nothing is being addressed. Someone is really going to get hurt out of this situation.

“She could’ve stabbed my daughter. Anything could’ve happened. She cut my daughter’s hair off. Who would do something like that?”

Ms Zahir has filed a report with the police.

The School District of Philadelphia’s Chief of Communications, Lee Whack, said in a statement to Action News: “The safety of our students is our number one priority.

“The school has investigated this matter. They found no evidence the hair cutting took place at the school.

“We at the school district take bullying very seriously. The school has no official reports of bullying involving this student.”

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