Her daughter’s teacher said her child was teased because her hair was “smelly.” She can use all the lies she wants, but there’s no way it’s just about the kid’s “stinky” head!
The Teacher’s Note
In 2016, a mom named Tionna Norris shared a photo of a letter that her daughter’s, Amia, teacher sent, expressing concern about the smell of her child’s hair.
Go Easy on It
The teacher, Carol, started the letter by addressing the mom. She then said that she understood the necessity of coconut oil in her daughter’s hair.
She followed, “But please do not use as much.”
Bullied Due to the “Stench”
According to Carol, the other kids were complaining that Amia’s hair “stinks.”
She said, “If you have to apply this daily, please do so lightly so the kids don’t tease her. Thank you for understanding.”
It Is What It Is
However, Tionna didn’t appreciate Carol’s advice. Instead, she said she wouldn’t change anything to Amia’s hair routine.
She captioned on her Facebook post, “Y’all going to feel that Black girl magic. Sincerely, unapologetically Black mom. P.S. Coconut oil has no stinky smell.”
Offensive and Unnecessary
Four days after sharing the letter on social media, Tionna wrote another post, saying her blood boiled when she read the note that day.
She said, “No mother, whether black, white, or blue, should ever receive a letter as I did, and it was a lie! I didn’t post the note until eight something at night, and I was advised to do so.”
She asked people if they knew it was legal for someone not to get hired just by having dreadlocks in their hair. If she had stayed quiet, no one would have known what kind of ignorant discrimination was happening.
Tionna wrote, “In a world where someone can tell you ‘I’m not hiring you’ because of your hair and not your credentials, is a world I don’t want to live in.”
Standing Up for the Minority
She clarified that her post wasn’t only meant for her daughter. She had a platform, and she used it for every Black mother and woman who believed in the power of the Afro.
She added, “Or any woman, for that matter. Not only Black women use coconut oil, and it’s not just for hair!”
It’s Everywhere and It’s Inevitable
Tionna also pointed out that coconut oil is in almost every natural hair product, such as shampoo, conditioner, curl enhancers, and more, especially Black-owned ones.
Something Else Was Going On
Furthermore, she clarified that Amia has been using the same thing her whole life. However, ironically, things changed when she sent her daughter to school with her “wash and go.”
Tionna noted, “I used a shampoo that contained coconut oil, not the actual coconut oil. Now, the kids are teasing her about the smell. Right! It was bulls***, and I wasn’t it for my child! Period.”
Truth Be Told
When Tionna met the school director, she discovered that Amia was never teased over her hair. In fact, her daughter was even quite popular.
She said, “The word ‘stink’ was used in quotes because the teacher knew it didn’t have a foul odor. It was just something the teacher was not used to and thought it was heavy. She has a sensitive nose, so she says. They have fully taken responsibility and understand why it’s so offensive.”
For users, if the teacher’s statement were true, she should have held the bullies accountable for their cruelty. But the thing is, she was only lying.
A commenter wrote, “Instead of sending a letter home to the child’s mother asking to lessen the coconut oil her child needs for her hair. How about sending a message to the children’s parents that are teasing this poor girl so they can teach those kids not to bully others.”
Another person replied, “That would have been appropriate if there had been children actually bullying her. It turns out that the teacher just actually didn’t like the smell.”
A Certified Fibber
According to the community, the teacher should face repercussions for lying about Amia’s hair because she has a personal issue with it.
One person said, “The teacher should have consequences as she lied about kids teasing the child. The teacher didn’t like the smell, so to speak. However, with that style, it also said she didn’t have it on that day. So she was actually discriminating passive-aggressively.”
Another one wrote, “I think the teacher had an issue with the little girl’s hair and blamed it on the kids in her class. Coconut oil does not stink and has a very mild scent.”
Some people pointed out the teacher’s grammar mistakes in the note and even said no educator would write like that.
A commenter said, “That letter was not written by a teacher. No teacher would make a mistake in the first sentence.”
“I beg to differ. My son had a couple of idiot teachers who couldn’t spell or speak proper English,” another person replied to the previous comment.
Hold Your Head up High
A few comments on Tionna’s Facebook post were meant to cheer her and her daughter up, saying Amia should stand tall and be proud of who she is.
One person wrote, “So much hate. That just sounds like it makes no sense at all. Keep raising your baby to be Black and proud.”
Was it discrimination? What repercussions should the teacher face for this incident?
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This post first appeared as Her Daughter’s Teacher Demanded She Use Coconut Oil on Her Child Sparingly Because She’s Being “Bullied” for Having “Stinky” Hair. But She’s Unapologetic, Saying, “Feel That Black Girl Magic!” on Quote Ambition.