NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - A mother in Chicago is furious after a teacher at her daughter's pre-school sent home a letter complaining about her child's "smelly" hair that caused classmates to tease her. However, the school says the teasing never occurred.
Tionna Norris shared the letter and her response on Facebook earlier this month.
"Dear Tionna: I understand the necessary of coconut oil on Amia’s hair, but please do not use as much. The children were complaining that her hair “stinks.” If you have to apply this daily- please do so light, so the kid’s don’t’ tease her. Thank you for understanding. Sincerely Carol"
Amia was the only black child at Raggedy Anne Learning Center.
Norris replied that she simply used the oil to smooth out the surface of her daughter's hair and never directly applied it.
She also questioned the stance the teacher took which didn't make mention of addressing the teasing and bullying.
"Did those mothers receive a letter about bullying, teaching their children about diversity and Amia's uniqueness?" Norris wrote.
When contacted by Norris, a school administrator reportedly told the mother that no bullying incident had occurred and that her daughter was popular and well-liked by the other children.
Norris said the teacher was being discriminatory.
"I was hurt for my child," Norris told CBS Chicago.
Amia has been transferred to another pre-school. The teacher has reportedly apologized to Norris.
“If you cannot understand why a mother would be upset about receiving a letter like that,” Norris said. “Then you don’t deserve to teach my child.”