A Tennessee mother is speaking out after school bullies snatched her daughter’s wig off and posted the footage on social media.
Myckelle Williams took to Facebook last week to explain how her daughter, Lauren “LuLu” Williams, 16, was humiliated by her classmates at Franklin High School. Williams, who is missing patches of hair due to psoriasis and eczema, told WZTW that she always felt “not as beautiful” as other girls due to her scalp conditions.
“Apparently, some boys had taken a $5 BET about pulling her wig off in front of everyone. Lauren 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,” the mother explained on Facebook.
Posted by Myckelle Williams on Saturday, January 27, 2018
The video, entitled “Weave snatchin,” appears to show a male student ripping off Lauren’s wig before running down the hallway.
Myckelle recalled receiving a hysterical call from Lauren where she asked to be picked up from school. She claimed that Lauren’s tormentors not only filmed themselves snatching off her daughter’s wig but followed her into the bathroom as she screamed, cried, and begged for someone to retrieve her wig.
In addition to being emotionally crushed by the ordeal, the Tennesee mother claimed that her daughter was treated for whiplash and scalp abrasions in connection with the social media stunt.
“When it ripped it off, it tore out chunks of my hair right here and right here where the pins and the glue were to hold,” the teen told WSMV.
The @wcsFHS administration & the SRO immediately began investigating an incident when it was reported to them Friday. 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.
— WCS (@WCSedu) January 29, 2018
Despite this, the Franklin High School student told WZTV that she decided to shave her head and stop wearing wigs to show her bullies that they didn’t win.
“Now ever since I did it I feel free and I’m not held down by my hair, or I’m not defined by it,” she said.
“I’m defining myself.”
Meanwhile, her mother said she will be pressing charges against the students responsible. Additionally, Williamson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney told WSMV that the district is looking into filing charges against two students.
“I don’t have any tolerance for behavior that hurts physically or emotionally other students,” Dr. Looney said.
“Know that we take this very seriously and know that we are going to provide the appropriate punishment to the fullest extent possible.”
[Featured Image: Facebook video screengrab; Lauren Williams/Facebook]