Mom Outraged After Teacher Took Out Daughter's Locs Without Permission

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A Georgia mother is outraged after her daughter's teacher took out her locs without permission, WSAZ reports.

Micaela Varlack said her four-year-old daughter, Londyn, who attends pre-kindergarten at Childcare Network in Columbus, began her locs journey last month. The mom noted that she spent $150 on her daughter's hair appointment.

“I went and got her hair washed...,” Varlack explained. “...It was detangled, conditioned, the locs were started and blow dried.”

Varlack said she was surprised to see Londyn walking out of school with a different hairstyle just weeks later.

“Monday, on May the 6, I go to pick her up from the day care,” she recalled. “There’s a little child who looks like my child with her hair braided.”

The mom said she later found out that Londyn's teacher had combed out her locs and rebraided her hair without permission.

“Why would you comb 32 locs out of a child’s hair, to sit down and braid them, part them...,” Varlack said. “...You didn’t call me, and her literal response was, ‘I just didn’t.’”

Varlack added that she had to take her daughter to Urgent Care for possible scalp irritation. The mother said the school also denied her request to refund her the money that she spent on Londyn's hair.

The Childcare Network corporate office released a statement in response to the incident.

“On Monday, May 6, a currently enrolled child asked a teacher to braid her hair. After speaking with her mother at pick-up, our staff immediately offered to reimburse the family. Please know that the physical and mental well-being of the children and families we care for is of utmost importance to us, and we are sorry that this was upsetting to the family as it was not our intent," the statement reads.

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