A little girl came home in a puddle of tears after being supposedly demoralized. Forbidden to participate in a football match because of her hair clips, the young girl found the experience “traumatic”.
This month, a mother from North Carolina shared her outrage after her daughter was not allowed to play a soccer game. The Facebook post has since gone viral and many viewed the events as “degrading.”
The incident in September involved Da’Raille Marshmon’s six-year-old daughter. She was reportedly taken off her football team because of the clips in her hair. The mother called the Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department.
The mother called their actions “subjective and culturally biased”. Marshmon also shared how the experience affected his daughter – she was emotional and began to doubt her appearance as a result. The mom said the ordeal was unacceptable.
Marshmon called the decision of the Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department outdated and suggested various other actions they could have considered. She also believed that the torments and trauma her daughter had faced “could not be undone.”
Marshmon has indicated that she hopes Hope Mills Parks and Recreation issues a formal apology to her family. She added that her daughter left the field saying, “I don’t understand what’s wrong with my hair! I’ve been wearing my hair this way forever.”
The family said other children wore hair beads and were allowed to play football. Marshmon’s husband also asked if they need to pull something off so she can play.
NO RULES REGARDING ITS CLIPS
They indicated that no one offered them an alternative solution. The father suggested that she get a warning about her hair in a desperate plea, but they refused.
When the girl’s father asked for clarification of the rules, a volunteer presented him with a document outlining what was prohibited. He discovered that there were no rules regarding “ponytail holders and clips”.
Maxie Dove, deputy manager of Hope Mills Parks & Recreation, commented on the incident and said: “We think the situation absolutely could have been handled better by the manager.”
Marshmon shared that Dove “apologized for the way things were handled.” Now, she plans to make it her mission to prevent this from happening again in the future.
Netizens have also shared their opinions on the matter. People said they were sorry the little girl had to endure this treatment. One user added: “This is wrong in every way possible. Contact the media. They need to hear this.”
Another commentator defended the girl’s clips and said, “My kids have been playing soccer for over 10 years. I’ve put them in my kids’ hair and bows.” Users were hopeful that justice would be done for the young girl and made sure to give her compliments, calling the young girl and her hairstyle beautiful.