A Texas teacher decided to step in and teach her student about confidence by cutting her own hair.
Five-year-old Priscilla Perez was being teased at Meador Elementary School for her short hairstyle, so her kindergarten teacher Shannon Grimm showed up to work with the same short haircut.
Grimm, 31, said she was willing to go the extra mile and chop off her hip-length hair to ensure that Perez felt supported in the classroom, reports KTRK.
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The kindergarten teacher said she noticed her student was being bullied and it had everything to do with her hair. The mother of three told Yahoo:
“Priscilla started wearing a hat to school that covered her neck and ears, and she refused to take it off.
I didn’t push the issue, but after a few weeks, she felt comfortable saying that she wanted her long hair back.”
Ms. Grimm and the student’s mother tried to encourage Perez to embrace her short haircut by showing her pictures of celebrities with short hair and having class discussions about beauty diversity.
However, Grimm admitted that “it wasn’t sinking in.” The teacher told KTRK:
“Friends started to call her a boy, and those words cut deep.”
No matter how hard Grimm tried to convince the student to be comfortable with her new hairdo, she remained unhappy. The 5-year-old explained to Tristate:
“I would cry because I would think school was not fun.”
Perez needed to have her hair cut due to a severe case of lice. Grimm said this was an ongoing issue for the entire school year and it ultimately prompted the teacher to support her student by becoming her “twin.”
Grimm took pride in her long hair and never had a short hair cut. She told Yahoo:
“I stressed about it for two weeks before making a decision.
I didn’t want to be surrounded by mirrors in a salon.”
Then, on January 4, she asked a hairstylist friend of hers to cut her hair at home. She recalled the monumental moment:
“I told him to keep going, even if I cried.”
The next day the teacher surprised her student with the hairdo and matching bows so they could style their hair together.
Perez ran home after school and told her mom:
“Ms. Grimm cut her hair!”
The little girl’s mother, Maria Vasquez, was overwhelmed by Ms. Grimm’s thoughtfulness and said it brought her to tears.
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