Fuming dad sues school for £700k after teacher cuts off his daughter’s hair

A father has filed a $1million (£724,000) lawsuit against his daughter's school after he claims staff cut her hair without parental permission.

The disgruntled dad, Jimmy Hoffmeyer, from Michigan in the US, in his lawsuit alleges racial discrimination, ethnic intimidation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault and battery against his seven-year-old mixed race daughter.

Mr Hoffmeyer has also claimed in his lawsuit that the constitutional rights of his daughter have been violated. He is suing the school district, a librarian and a teacher's assistant.

An investigation by the school district in July found that while the staff member had broken school policy she had not acted with racial bias.

The father said he was not interviewed during the independent investigation that found the teacher had "good intentions," Sky reported.

Jimmy said that in April his daughter Jurnee came home from Ganiard Elementary School in Michigan one day with half her hair chopped off, after a student cut it on the school bus.

He took her to a professional salon the same day to get it professionally styled, but says two days later she came home with the rest of it cut off.

Mr Hoffmeyer said he thought another child had done it but Jurnee told him it was a teacher who had done it to "even it out".

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MLive.com reports the lawsuit has been filed in a federal court in west Michigan against Mount Pleasant Public Schools and two teaching staff.

It claims the district "failed to properly train, monitor, direct, discipline, and supervise their employees and knew or should have known that the employees would engage in the complained of behavior given the improper training, customs, procedures, and policies, and the lack of discipline that existed for employees."

No formal response has yet been filed by the defendants but the school board described the allegations "baseless" and said it would "aggressively defend" them in court.

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