CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – An 8-year-old girl had her scalp ripped by bullies as they were pulling her hair extensions out at school.
WSB-TV reports Aolani Dunbar was picked on for two straight weeks at school because of her hair extensions. The bullying then turned violent.
“They kept pulling it and pulling it, especially on the playground,” the little girl told WSB. “Everybody got a chance and I was in the gazebo sitting there crying because I have no friends to play with that will protect me.”
Aolani was taken to the emergency room following the incident. The attack left her with a wound on the crown of her scalp and she is now currently bald because she had to have her head shaved to avoid infection.
“When I saw just the horror of it, I just started to cry,” Dorris Bearden, the girl’s grandmother, told WSB. “I cried as I unbraided her hair and the hair fell out in my hands.
According to Bearden, doctors said Dunbar may never grow hair on the part of her injured scalp again and that she may need skin grafts.
The family is asking people to donate hair to Locks of Love so that they can make a wig for Aolani or other children that may need it.
“It’s not only a temporary effect,” Bearden told WSB. “It’s something that could scar for life.”
Bearden is urging the school and other parents to take reports of bullying seriously. One child who picked on Aolani got an in-school suspension but Bearden said that punishment sends the wrong message.
“She steps in the door of that school and the first thing they do is attack her and start ripping he hair out,” Bearden said.
Aolani also reportedly suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.