Va. Student Made False Allegations About Dreadlock-Cutting Assault

September 30, 2019
The allegations have been proven false.

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A 12-year-old made headlines last week following allegations that three of her peers held her down and cut off her dreadlocks during recess.

After a thorough investigation, Immanuel Christian School administrators and the girl's parents have confirmed that the incident did not occur.

The school released a statement Monday writing "We can now confirm that the student who accused three of her classmates of assault has acknowledged that the allegations were false."

Stephen Danish, Head of School at Immanuel Christian School said that he acknowledges the lessons that can be learned from the experience.

"This ordeal has revealed that we as a school. Family are not immune from the effects of deep racial wounds in our society. We view this incident as an opportunity to be part of a learning and healing process, and we will continue to support the students and families involved," he wrote in a statement.

The Allens, the girl's parents wrote in a statement that they are sorry for the conflict the allegations caused.

"To those young boys and their parents, we sincerely apologize for the pain and anxiety these allegations have caused," the statement said. "We understand there will be consequences, and we’re prepared to take responsibility for them. We know that it will take time to heal, and we hope and pray that the boys, their families, the school and the broader community will be able to forgive us in time."

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