A Minnesota parent claimed a teacher cut their child’s hair. Before the alleged incident, the child had an afro; Now the child has a cropped haircut.
Tadow (@tadowbaby) posted a video of the aftermath of the incident, showing the child’s short hair.
The video currently has almost a million views.
“MY SON’S TEACHER DECIDED TO CUT HIS AFRO INTO THIS STYLE DURING SCHOOL LESSONS, I AM LIVID,” reads the video’s text overlay.
It’s unclear what actually led to the incident, but in the comments section, Tadow said they had contacted the police.
“…A[n] The officer told me it was a miscommunication, not an assault, or criminal charges could be filed,” Tadow said. The charges could not be filed because their “12-year-old son consented,” the parent said.
“Children must get parental permission in ALL states to go on field trips and attend school or church events,” said one user.
“He’s a kid,” said another. “Teacher[s] are not allowed to do anything with children without parental permission. don’t justify them… do something.”
Tadow said police told them to “deal with it through the school.” However, Tadow said they were not informed about the haircut before it occurred, only after it had already taken place.
“I never have one[n] Email call or text about my teachers son cutting his hair,” they said in a comment.
In recent years, there has been a lot of news about children being forcefully cut at school.
In September 2021, a Black Indianapolis student allegedly received a violent haircut from his teacher after other students made fun of his hair. A similar incident reportedly occurred in April of the same year, in which a school librarian allegedly forcibly cut the hair of a mixed-race student. In 2018, a California teacher lost her job and received six criminal charges after she allegedly pressured a student into a haircut.
Tadow later claimed they sought legal counsel and had their child suspended from school for the time being.
“Thank you to those of you who ask if he’s okay [and] knowing this isn’t a joke,” they said in the comments. “IF ANYONE HAS ANY GUIDES TO AN ATTORNEY THAT CAN HELP ME, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT.”
Tadow did not immediately respond to Daily Dot’s request for comment via TikTok comment and Instagram direct message.
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*Initial publication: April 16, 2022 at 8:20 am CDT
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