A sixth-grade girl at a Virginia private school is accusing three of her classmates of attacking her, pinning her down and cutting some of her dreadlocks, all while calling her names.
According to WUSA9, Amari Allen, 12, said that she was attacked on Monday by her white, male classmates while on the playground at Immanuel Christian School in Fairfax.
“They kept laughing and calling me names,” Amari told the news station. “They called me ‘ugly,’ said, ‘I shouldn’t have been born.’ They called me ‘an attention-seeker.'”
One boy allegedly covered her mouth, while another boy held her hands behind her back, and the third boy used scissors to chop away at her hair.
Amari said that this is not the first time that these three classmates have harassed her, noting that they have repeatedly bullied her by taking her school lunches and calling her names.
All this occurred at the school, where Amari’s family pays nearly $12,000 for her to get an education. It is also the school where Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, teaches.
The school has since reached out to law enforcement to ask for a thorough investigation, according to a statement.
“We take seriously the emotional and physical well-being of all our students, and have a zero-tolerance policy for any kind of bullying or abuse,” the statement read. “We are deeply disturbed by the allegations being made, and are in communication with the family of the alleged victim to gather information and provide whatever support we can. We have also reached out to law enforcement to ask them to conduct a thorough investigation, and further inquiries should be directed to the Fairfax County Police.”