Jimmy Hoffmeyer, the father of a 7-year-old Michigan girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without her parents’ permission has filed Tuesday a $1 million lawsuit in federal court in Grand Rapids against the school district, a librarian and a teacher’s assistant. He invoked girl’s constitutional rights were violated, racial discrimination, ethnic intimidation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault and battery. 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,” according to the lawsuit.
Jimmy Hoffmeyer said Monday he also is considering taking his daughter, Jurnee, out of Mount Pleasant Public Schools and enrolling her in a private school. District administrators also performed an internal review of the incident but found no racial bias. “We are confident that the facts will prevail given our district’s appropriate and aggressive response to the incident and the findings of the third-party investigation that was conducted,” Amy Bond, Mount Pleasant Public Schools Board of Education president said. Hoffmeyer said he received a call from the district’s superintendent about a week later after the school’s spring break. She offered to have “I’m sorry” cards mailed to the family, he said.