Every parent wants to do the right thing by their child and sometimes that involves making difficult decisions.
Sometimes, those decisions are taken out of the parent’s hands, leaving them feeling helpless.
One Massachusettes mom is feeling that right now.
Denise Robinson claims a youth program shaved her seven-year-old daughter’s head without her permission. The program is citing hygiene as the reason.
Robinson isn’t buying it.
Robinson’s daughter Tru stays at a residential home for children ages to 11 with emotional and behavioral issues a few nights per week. Tru was placed at the Little Heroes Group Home by the Department of Children and Families.
“I’m very upset, and I’m not going to stop being upset because I feel like my child was assaulted,” Robinson said.
This past Monday, staff members from the group home reportedly took Tru to a hair salon and a volunteer cut off her locks – which Robinson said were past Tru’s shoulders – without Robinson’s permission.
“To be honest with you, they made a game out of it,” Robinson told WCVB. “After they cut her hair, they told her, ‘Oh, it will grow back straight. Don’t worry.’”
Little Heroes Group Home insists it was part of their hygiene program and that they have the power to cut a child’s hair anytime that they wanted to.
“There was no hygienic reason to shave my child’s head. No lice, no bed bugs, no rasta locks,” Robinson said.
The program released a statement after Robinson and her attorney reached out to several Boston news stations:
“Decisions regarding grooming are based on a variety of factors, including hygiene,” the statement said, adding that they cannot provide any additional individual information about a program member under federal and state law.
“A review of the circumstances is underway to determine what occurred and, if necessary, appropriate action will be taken.”
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Do you feel the mom is right or is the program?