She also has alopecia and when her mom, 29-year-old Phoebe Smith, couldn’t afford a human hair wig for her, a friend offered Ashanti an adorable bright pink one, which she loved. So much so that she proudly wore it to class.
That’s when the coldest, most insensitive
teacher human of all time stepped in, demanding she remove it because it might encourage other girls to color their hair.
“Her little heart was broken. It’s disgusting,” Phoebe told The Argus newspaper in an interview. “It’s a pink wig, come on, other children would have understood. I have only got a few years left with her so we want her to live it to the full.”
Colin Taylor, the principal at Oakmeeds Community College in Sussex, which Ashanti is enrolled in, stood behind the decision, explaining, “In the past other children have worn wigs following serious illness, but ones that were of a natural look – not large brightly coloured ones… It was agreed by the director of inclusion and head of year that Ashanti would wear the wig home but not in lessons because it was not cold in the school and she had never wanted to wear one before.”
We just have one thing to say to that: WTF?!
Who do you side with: Ashanti and her mom or the school?