Jimmy Hoffmeyer is a Michigan dad who says his daughter, Journee, came home from school with her hair cut on two separate occasions, prompting him to move her out of Ganiard Elementary. In one case, a teacher cut her hair, and in another, a classmate did it, he says.
Hoffmeyer posted before and after photos of his 7-year-old daughter on social media with a caption saying “Ganiard Elementary cut her hair” in hashtags. Jurnee, who is biracial, is pictured in one photo with long, blonde ringlets falling over her shoulders. In two other photos, she hangs her head and purses her lips with her hair shorn above her ears. The post prompted a firestorm from politicians and others fighting for his daughter, and #JusticeforJurnee became a trending term.
Hoffmeyer told the Associated Press Jurnee came home from school March 24 with most of the hair on one side of her head cut. The girl told her dad another student cut her hair with scissors on the bus. Hoffmeyer filed a complaint with the principal and had his daughter’s hair styled at a salon to even out the differing lengths. Then, Jurnee came home with the other side of her hair cut, and told her dad a library teacher cut it.
Here’s what you need to know:
Hoffmeyer Said Jurnee Was Crying & Afraid of Getting in Trouble After the Teacher Cut Her Hair
Hoffmeyer said in an interview with the Associated Press Jurnee was crying and afraid to get into trouble when she came home from school after a teacher cut her hair.
“She was crying,” Hoffmeyer said. “She was afraid of getting in trouble for getting her hair cut.”
“I asked what happened and said ‘I thought I told you no child should ever cut your hair,’” he continued. “She said ‘but dad, it was the teacher.’ The teacher cut her hair to even it out.”
Hoffmeyer posted on Facebook April 9, 2021, saying he wished he could say more publicly but that he will post updates in the future. The post said he was “feeling exhausted.”
“I know alot of yall want to kno more but this is all I can say at the moment but will update when I can…just want to keep ppl aware in the mean time,” he wrote.
Hoffmeyer Is Married to Christie Hoffmeyer, Who Also Spoke Out Publicly About the Haircut
Jimmy Hoffmeyer is married to Christie Hoffmeyer, Jurnee’s mom. Christie Hoffmeyer has also spoken out about her daughter’s treatment at school and posted on social media, although Jurnee’s dad has been the main spokesperson for his daughter in news articles.
Christie Hoffmeyer wrote on Facebook April 19, 2021, after a school board meeting at Mount Pleasant Schools. She said she was grateful for the support her daughter and her family has received. She said she and her husband are standing together to fight for justice for their daughter.
Just got done with the school board meeting. & I must say I couldn’t be more proud and thankful of all the love and support my family received from our community and others from all around the world that tuned in to the board meeting and spoke up for my beautiful daughter jurnee! My family couldn’t be more grateful and appreciative of all the support we have received and are continuing to receive! Thank you everyone for standing with us while we fight for justice for my baby! #JusticeforJurnee
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