Investigation eliminating white Michigan school librarian from racially motivated haircut “is not credible”

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A white Michigan school librarian who sparked outrage after cutting the long, curly hair of a biracial freshman girl in March was not racially motivated, a third-party investigation has found.

But an advocate for the family of Jurnee Hoffmeyer, seven, told DailyMail.com the investigation was not “credible” because no one had contacted the Hoffmeyer family, who allegedly told them the librarian had tried to straighten her hair a month. earlier.

Christina Laster, director of policy and legislation for the National Parents Union and advocate for the Hoffmeyer family, said the investigation “was one-sided” and the Hoffmeyer family still believe the haircut was racially motivated .

“They haven’t seen white children treated the same – like their hair and appearance is a problem to be solved,” Laster told DailyMail.com.

The Mount Pleasant public school district in central Michigan, which has 2.5% of the population black, announced the findings of the investigation in a statement on Friday.

The National Parents Union issued its own response statement the same day, saying: “It seems clear to us that the ‘investigation’ was carried out to ensure that the result was in favor of MPPS.”

This “was not done with the intention of spreading the truth, taking into account the wrong done and putting in place best practices.”

This undated photo provided by Jimmy Hoffmeyer shows his daughter Jurnee Hoffmeyer, seven, after a classmate and teacher cut her hair on different occasions

Jimmy Hoffmeyer took to Facebook to share news of the incident involving his daughter

Jimmy Hoffmeyer took to Facebook to share news of the incident involving his daughter

The messy situation began when another young student cut Jurnee’s hair on the bus on March 24. Her father explained that the kids were kids and took his daughter to a living room that day for an asymmetrical style.

But on March 26, Jurnee came home from school crying with another haircut; this time from the school librarian.

Laster told DailyMail.com that this whole situation has been traumatic for the young girl.

“Jurnee looks at herself in the mirror every day and wonders if her hair is going to grow back,” Laster said, adding that her parents and her therapist are teaching her how to cope.

“They are trying to teach him to think positively; he’s going to push back, but it’s tough for a seven-year-old, ”Laster said.

“They have no notion of time. When you tell someone as young as you are 30 minutes away from the store, it feels like forever.

Biracial Jurnee Hoffmeyer pictured ahead of unapproved haircuts

Biracial Jurnee Hoffmeyer pictured ahead of unapproved haircuts

In Friday’s statement, the school district said the librarian, who has not been appointed, will be subject to a “last chance” agreement in which any future violations will likely result in termination for violating the policy. ‘school.

“We believe a last-ditch deal is appropriate given the employee has an exceptional driving record and has never been reprimanded in over 20 years of working at MPPS,” the school statement read.

Two other anonymous employees have received written reprimands that will appear in their records, according to the school district.

“It is clear from the third party investigation and the district’s own internal investigation that MPPS employees had good intentions during the haircut,” the district said in a statement on Friday.

“Regardless, their decisions and actions are unacceptable and demonstrate a major lack of judgment. The employees involved admitted their wrongdoing and apologized.

Laster said they were getting a slap on the wrist to protect their job, while “the child is not considered valuable.”

“It is very upsetting,” she said. “(The librarian) should have been fired. “

Jimmy Hoffmeyer pictured with his wife Christie

Jimmy Hoffmeyer pictured with his wife Christie

DailyMail.com has contacted the school district for further comment.

Before Laster was involved, Jimmy Hoffmeyer, Jurnee’s father, claimed the manager tried to make the incident go away without imposing a harsher penalty.

“She kept asking me what she could do to make it go away,” Hoffmeyer said of the school principal.

The district superintendent called Hoffmeyer a week later to offer to send him apology cards, a call he angrily hung up on.

Jimmy Hoffmeyer is biracial, as are his three daughters, while his wife, Christie, is white.

“I’m not the type to try to do things about race,” Jimmy Hoffmeyer told The Associated Press in April. “I pretty much grew up with only white people myself. ”

Hoffmeyer has since moved his daughter from one school to another and is considering moving her to a private school.

There was a controversial school board meeting about the incident in April, where one person noted the seriousness of cutting a black or biracial child’s hair.

“I feel like you don’t quite understand the impact of hair on the black community or the seriousness of this matter,” one person said at the board meeting, according to UpNorthLive.

Christie Hoffmeyer took to Facebook after the meeting to thank everyone for their support.

“I just finished the school council meeting… I have to say I couldn’t be more proud and grateful for all the love and support my family has received from our community and others around the world” , Christie Hoffmeyer said on Facebook. .

Pictured: Ganiard Elementary School, where Jurnee attended school.  She has since been placed in a different school and her parents are awaiting a public apology from the school

Pictured: Ganiard Elementary School, where Jurnee attended school. She has since been placed in a different school and her parents are awaiting a public apology from the school

In Friday’s statement, the school district said it apologized to the Hoffmeyer family.

The National Union of Parents said in its statement that this was not true.

“Contrary to their statement, and in another startling act of disrespect to the Hoffmeyer family, no apology or communication took place with the family despite the superintendent’s claims,” ​​the union said.

The family is also trying to lobby for the Crown Act, which was reintroduced in Michigan in February, which would make it illegal to discriminate based on hair texture or styles such as braids, locks and twists.


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