DRACUT (CBS) – A mother is suing a residential program for kids after she says a clinician had her daughter’s head shaved without her permission.

Denise Robinson says her seven-year-old daughter’s hair was very long before a clinician at the Little Heroes Home in Dracut took her to a salon where a volunteer cut her hair. The girl is now nearly bald.

“For them to do this, it’s very upsetting, not just to me but to her,” Robinson said.

Robinson says an employee at the program said they cut her hair because of a hygiene issue, which she disputes.

Robinson’s attorney, Richard Kendell, says he was shocked by what the volunteer told the girl before the haircut.

“The volunteer informed this seven-year-old biracial child that by shaving her head, her hair would grow back straight,” said attorney Richard Kendell. “I find that appalling.”

The Little Heroes Home says a review of the circumstances is underway to “determine what occurred and, if necessary, appropriate action will be taken.”

Comments (28)
  1. They live in a “Group Home” Chances are she had head lice.

  2. Saying that someone’s hair will grow back straight is far from being a “racist comment.” OMG, what has happened to the mindset of America?!

    1. You can Not make a more “racist comment.”
      OMG, what has happened to the mindset of Ashley?!

  3. The parent should have been notified by a nurse. People still have rights. The comment is racist. This is not a comment one would make to a child. People wonder the NFL players kneel.

  4. Reina Benoir says:

    “Hygiene” issue. Sounds like the home didn’t know how to deal with hair that wasn’t straight, couldn’t be arsed to learn, and decided that shaving it off would be easier on them rather than giving a damn about the well-being of the child instead.

    Her hair is not going to grow back straight that comment is racist as hell!

  5. That comment is not racist. Oh gosh. Some of my Mexican aunt’s believed that and it had nothing to do with wanting to be a different race, it was just an old wives tale.

  6. Good thing the Little Heroes[‘] Home didn’t try this (or maybe they DID!!), during the WBZ AM Radio 103 “Beatles” era, with boys’ hair, back in the mid-1960’s! More like an old TV rerun of “Hogan’s Heroes,” set in Nazi Germany during WWII!

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