A 12-year-old Virginia African-American girl has recanted her previous statement in which she accused her white sixth-grade classmates of pinning her down and cutting off her dreadlocks. The Immanuel Christian School’s head, Stephen Danish, confirmed that the claims were false.
After an investigation conducted by the Fairfax County Police Department, Danish sated that the student, Amari Allen, who had accused three classmates of assaulting her, admitted that the allegations were not true.
Danish stated, “While we are relieved to hear the truth and bring the events of the past few days to a close, we also feel tremendous pain for the victims and the hurt on both sides of this conflict. We recognize that we now enter what will be a long season of healing.”
The girl’s family apologized to her classmates and to the school for “the pain and anxiety these allegations have caused.”
The family released a statement: “To the administrators and families of Immanuel Christian School, we are sorry for the damage this incident has done to trust within the school family and the undue scorn it has brought to the school. We understand there will be consequences, and we’re prepared to take responsibility for them. To the broader community, who rallied in such passionate support for our daughter, we apologize for betraying your trust.”
Amari Allen previously told WUSA-TV that the three boys in her class had called her dreadlocks “ugly” and “nappy,” after which they allegedly proceeded to cut them off while they were on the playground during recess.
Allen told the station, “They kept laughing and calling me names. They called me ‘ugly,’ said I shouldn’t have been born. They called me ‘an attention seeker.’”
Allen’s family pays almost $12,000 a year for her private school tuition.