Beyond distraught, a teenage girl returned home to her mother with her tresses hacked off — an alleged act of abuse by two adults who were meant to care for this vulnerable child.
Our hair helps us form our identity and express ourselves — essential esteem boosters for growing teenagers trying to discover themselves.
Of course, no matter what style or color one may don, people will disapprove. However, in one case, two of these naysayers purportedly took it a step too far.
Kesley smiling with long hair [left]; Kesley looking distraught with her hair cut off and face buried in her hand [right]. | Source: facebook.com/christin.johnson.10
In Ohio, volunteer firefighters, Schaffen and Sarah, took leave in 2018 after being accused of harming their teen daughter. Following a child abuse complaint, Haskins Police Chief Colby Carroll expressed:
“I’ve been doing this since ’92, and I’ve never had a case I would say that’s like this. Mom was upset with how her child was being cared for. [sic]”
It was meant to be a joyous occasion when Kesley got highlights put in her long hair for her birthday. However, her father and stepmom were said to be displeased by this style, allegedly chopping the teen's hair off as punishment.
Fuming, the teen's mom took to Facebook. She posted shots of Kesley with long hair and two snaps of her with extremely short hair, looking devastated. Christin Johnson penned:
"This is what my daughter looked like Sunday when I took her home, and the other two pics is what happened today before she was brought to me. [sic]"
The post went viral, complete with a mixture of 12,000 shocked, sad, and furious emojis, 24,000 shares, and a whopping 62,000 comments since the mom posted it.
A RISING ANGER
Out of these thousands of comments, many heavily criticized the stepmom and dad, expressing sadness and anger over the duo's purported actions. Josh Hatch remarked:
"Hopefully, the father goes to jail, and someone makes him their [expletive]."
Several fellow Facebook users emphasized that it was abuse and encouraged Johnson to take legal action. Some tried to make the young woman feel better, telling her she still looked gorgeous.
Individuals’ comments on a Facebook post by Christin Johnson. | Source: facebook.com/christin.johnson.10
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
Although an investigation was ongoing due to the complaint, no one laid official charges against Schaffen and Sarah at the time.
However, Kesley's mother granted her a silver lining, buying her a long wig. This gesture left her with a smile that had previously disappeared from the traumatic experience.
A LIFE OF DISCRIMINATION
Beyond everyday self-discovery, our hair can also play a massive part in our cultural and ethnic identity. If someone takes this away from us, it can be beyond heartbreaking.
A significant part of "Rhonda Lux," now going by Rhonda Fils-Aimé's identity, was completely erased as a child.
Growing up, she was forced to straighten her hair to be raised as white by her adoptive family. This woman of color was made to wear sunscreen and treated differently from her other siblings.
Fils-Aimé was utterly unaware of her true roots as a child until she was much older. She eventually discovered that she was part-black and that her biological dad was Haitian.
Whether it's through wigs or finding one's true roots, Kesley and Fils-Aimé refused to let an outside force negate who they are by attempting to take control of their luscious locks.
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