In the latest ‘Why Is There So Much Ignorance In America’ news, a mum has received a letter from her daughter’s school, claiming that her hair ‘stinks’ due to using coconut oil.
Tionna Norris posted a picture of the letter from a teacher at the Raggedy Anne Learning Center in Illinois on Facebook.
The letter claimed that Tionna’s daughter Amia was being bullied at school because of the way her hair smelled.
‘I understand the necessary (sic) of coconut oil on Amia’s hair, but please do not use as much. The children were complaining that her hair “stinks”,’ the letter reads.
‘If you have to apply this daily – please do so lightly, so the kid’s (sic) don’t tease her.’
Aside from the teacher’s obvious lack of education, she also has clearly never come in actual contact with coconut oil.
Because as Tionna points out, coconut oil really doesn’t have a ‘stinky’ smell.
The post has now been shared over 5,000 times, with plenty of people agreeing that ‘Carol’ clearly needs to sent back to school.
‘All that letter would have done is show me my baby doesn’t need to learn anything from her – she’s so worried about that baby’s hair when she needs to be worried about the correct use of words!’ says one person.
And now, Tionna has said that she thinks ‘Carol’ might have made up the whole bullying incident to mask her own prejudices.
‘No mother, black white or blue should ever received a letter as I did and it was a lie!’ she says.
‘Do you know that it is now legal for someone not to get hired by just having dreadlocks in their hair?’
She goes on to say that the reason she posted the viral letter on Facebook in the first place was because she wants to use her page as a platform for ‘every black mother and every black woman who believes in the power of the fro’.
‘Or any woman for that matter – not only black women use coconut oil and it’s not just for hair!
‘Almost every natural hair product contains coconut oil from shampoo, to conditioner, to the curl enhancer etc, especially black owned.’
Tionna says that she’s been using the same hair grease on Amia’s hair for years but, ironically, the letter came on a day when she’d been sent to school after using a Wash ‘n’ Go shampoo that had merely contained coconut – not actual coconut oil.
‘Right! It was BS and I wasn’t for it for my child! Period,’ she says.
On Monday, she says that she and her fiance visited the school to talk with the director, who apparently told them that Amia had never been bullied and, in fact, was quite popular.
She also got to talk to ‘Carol’.
Understandably, Amia has now been taken out of the school, and Tionna continues to slay.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to the Raggedy Anne Learning Center for comment.
Good luck ‘Carol’.