SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Three sixth-grade boys are accused of pinning down a fellow classmate — a 12-year-old girl — on the playground and cutting her locks because they are “nappy” and “ugly.”
Amari Allen said she has never been more traumatized in her life until Monday when she said a group of white male classmates attacked her on the playground at Immanuel Christian School, a private K-12 school, in Fairfax, Virginia.
Amari tells WUSA9 that one boy covered her mouth and the second boy put her hands behind her back, while the third boy pulled out scissors and cut her medium-length locks while calling her names.
Allen’s family pays nearly $12,000 a year for Amari to attend the private school where Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, Karen Pence, teaches there twice a week.
The school outlines a strict no-bullying policy in their parent-student handbook, that, in part, states:
“ICS holds to four fundamental guidelines for social interaction among students. All ICS students are encouraged and expected to:
- Never leave anyone out by deliberately excluding them from the group.
- Never harm others intentionally with words or actions.
- Never tolerate bullying by ignoring it or allowing it to continue.
- Always report bullying to the classroom teacher.
Accordingly, we define bullying as: The deliberate use of power to dominate, intimidate and harm another person physically and/or emotionally over an extended period of time with no significant provocation or justification.”