Poor Melissa Booth, aged just five, has had her locks repeatedly chopped off
A disabled girl’s hair was cut off by school “bullies” SIX times – and her mum has been left horrified.
Poor Melissa Booth, aged just five, has had her locks repeatedly chopped off.
Samantha Fleming, 34, claims Melissa, from the Midlands, has hair which grows back slowly owing to health issues.
The schoolchild suffers from with microcephaly.
The condition is a rare one and means the head is smaller than normal.
This is because the brain has not developed properly or has stopped growing.
Miss Fleming, from Chaddesden, Derbyshire, told Derbyshire Live : “Melissa started her new school in September 2017 and she has come home with her hair cut six times so far.
“It has happened again every few months.
“The first time it happened, the school spoke to the children about how dangerous scissors are.
“Then, after it happened again in February this year, I spoke to the head teacher, who said he would keep a close eye out for it.
“But now it has happened yet again and I am not happy about it.
“In September her hair was half way down her back.”
She added: “Due to Melissa’s health issues, her hair doesn’t grow back very well.
“Every time it has been cut, I have to cut off another one to two inches to get it straight again, but it takes a while to grow back.”
Miss Fleming has called for more to be done by staff at Cherry Tree Primary School.
The school has said it takes any report of alleged bullying “extremely seriously”.
Describing how microcephaly affects her daughter’s life, Miss Fleming said: “Melissa’s got a processing issue, which affects how she programs her brain.
“Just six months ago she was struggling to put any sentences together and she is only just starting to string sentences now.
“She’s also got a lot of hearing problems, which affect her behaviour.
“I think because of her condition she gets in with the wrong crowd as she doesn’t understand the difference between what is naughty and what is good.”
The mum-of-three believes that the school could resolve the problem by stopping children from using scissors in classrooms.
She claimed: “The bullies used school scissors to cut Melissa’s hair.
“I asked the school if they could put the scissors away, but their response was that the children need them for their education.”
The most recent ‘attack’ on Melissa happened on Tuesday.
Miss Fleming says she is now waiting to hear back from the school about the latest issues.
“Melissa went to school with her hair a lot longer than it was when I picked her up,” she said.
“So when I picked her up we went straight back into the school and showed Melissa’s hair to her head of year.”
A spokesperson for Cherry Tree Hill Primary School said: “Bullying can have a devastating effect on children and families, and at Cherry Tree Hill Primary School, we take any report of alleged bullying extremely seriously, and will always investigate.
“The school can only take this so far, and requires the cooperation of parents and carers.
“We have spoken to Ms Booth about the allegations raised, but cannot give out details of individual children or circumstances.
“This is an internal matter which we will continue to investigate. Our goal is not only to provide high quality education, but also to ensure the safety of the children we care for every day, and that will continue to be our priority.”