A teen boy ripped a wig off a 16-year-old girl at Williamson County High School in Franklin, Tennessee…all because of a $5 bet.
Lauren Williams, the 16-year-old girl, told News Channel 5 that on Friday, while she was comforting a friend in the hallway, “This guy just runs by, yanks off my wig and keeps running, like throws it somewhere.”
Not only did she feel embarrassed, but “chunks” of Williams’ real hair was yanked out as well. The teen wears wigs because she suffers from eczema and psoriasis, two things that have contributed to severe hair breakage and loss.
When Lauren, also known as Lulu, called her mom crying from school about the incident, her mom, Myckelle, not only got angry, but she shared Lulu’s story on Facebook the day after the incident.
“Yesterday I received a call from my youngest daughter screaming and crying on the phone, for me to come and get her from school. Apparently, some boys had taken a $5 BET about pulling her wig off in front of everyone.
Lulu has a scalp condition that causes severe dryness and hair breakage and loss, and had been so ashamed of her appearance that she had taken to wearing wigs in an effort to still feel beautiful. We all know how easy it is to feel insecure at age 16.
These kids not only tore her wig off in the middle of school, but videotaped it. They followed her to the bathroom as she screamed and cried and proceeded to tape her OVER the stall as she cried and begged for her wig. Later I had to take her to the hospital for abrasions and whiplash.”
Adding insult to injury, according to The Root, the video was shared on Snapchat with the title “Weave snatchin’.” Despite all of this, Lulu has taken the incident and turned it into a way of empowering herself. She shaved her hair off saying, “My hair was one of my biggest insecurities. I felt like he had taken my power, and I wanted it back. Beauty is not defined by the number of strands on your head.”
Officials with the Williamson County Schools released a statement after the incident, which stated:
”The Franklin High administration and the School Resource Officer immediately began investigating the incident when it was reported to them Friday afternoon. This type of behavior can never be tolerated at school. In addition to school discipline, WCS prosecutes delinquent behavior to the fullest extent of the law.”
In one of Myckelle’s Facebook posts, she mentions how dangerous bullying is for kids nowadays and how she won’t let what happened to her daughter be in vain.
“can’t judge why people make certain decisions but I can say this….
We don’t need any further division in this country than we already have: let’s get together for one common goal:
This is about our YOUTH.
About the safety of our babies when they leave our home. Bullies come in every race!
….Suicide has no color!!!! Kids of all colors are ending their lives and this has got to STOP!
I don’t care if the boy was white, black, Asian or other…I don’t care about his sexual orientation, I don’t care about his familial status or how much money he has.
Right is RIGHT and wrong is WRONG and I want my daughter to be treated equal to everyone else in rewards and punishments and Protected when she is on school grounds. And I’m going to fight for that until my last breath for all of my kids. “