A New Hampshire mom says she no longer wants her daughter’s teacher around her daughter after he allegedly cut a chunk of her hair.
In an interview with WMUR, Jillian Miglionico said her daughter was threatened by her teacher when she wouldn’t stop playing with her hair while in class. According to Miglionico, the teacher told his student that if she didn’t stop messing with her hair, he would cut it off.
But when Miglionico’s daughter told the teacher that he wasn’t allowed to do that and continued fussing with her hair, he reportedly grabbed a pair of scissors and chopped off “a good three-inch chunk” of the student’s locks:
“She didn’t [stop], and he threatened her and said, ‘Well, if you don’t stop playing with your hair, I’m going to cut your hair off.’ And she was like, ‘No, you can’t do that.’ He said, ‘Oh yeah? Watch me.'”
According to the mom, as the teacher walked towards her daughter, the eighth-grade middle school student felt threatened enough to defend herself:
“She had to defend herself and put her math binder in her face for protection. Anything could have happened to her.”
As Miglionico told WMUR, a teacher’s aid who saw the incident take place, reported it to the principal of Somersworth Middle School. The mom learned about the event after the principal contacted her about it. Miglionico couldn’t believe it.
She said her daughter was too embarrassed and scared to say anything about the incident:
“He grabbed her hair and cut it off. My daughter wasn’t even the one to report the incident because she was scared and embarrassed.”
During an investigation into the incident, the teacher, who has not been identified, was suspended for three days. However, according to Miglionico, the teacher has since returned, and her daughter was put back under his supervision. The mom said putting her daughter back in his class is “a total disregard for her.”
She told WMUR that she no longer wants “this man around my child” and believes he should no longer be a teacher:
“If you’re going to act like that with a middle school student, I don’t think that you should be able to be around and teach middle school students.”
The superintendent is now looking into the situation.