Why Are Black Children Being Attacked by School Officials?

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Spraying too much perfume is apparently an offense that deserves violence from your principal. At least, that’s the message being sent by a Wisconsin middle school, whose punishment of a Black 11-year-old girl resulted in three braids being RIPPED from her scalp.

After a teacher couldn’t get the class to confess whose perfume it was, backup was called. That’s when acting principal Rob Mueller-Owens was brought in.

According to surveillance footage, Mueller-Owens went into attack mode, shoving the girl out of the classroom and into a line of lockers. He then FELL and LANDED on top of her, where he reportedly stayed for a disturbing 10-15 seconds. In that time, three braids were ripped from her scalp. 

The child’s mother is understandably irate.

To WISC-TV, mother Mikiea Price said: “[T]he whole experience is just traumatic and devastating and just confusing. I’m just disgusted at this whole incident.”

“You know, I send my kid to school to learn, and that’s a place where mothers send their kids to be comfortable in. I just feel violated in so many ways that… this even happened to her.”

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