Sometimes celebrities can drown out events when it comes to the news media. The media is always looking for a story, mostly the bad ones, and are notorious for editing the truth to fit liberal needs.
This story takes place at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia. It turns out, the whole story was a hoax, but all the news media could focus on was the fact that Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, Karen Pence, worked at the school where she is a teacher of art two days out of the week.
The incident, when reported, was considered an anti-black hate attack when sixth-grader and 12-year-old Amari Allen accused three white boys of cutting off her dreadlocks while pinning her down.
In Allen’s story, she claimed the boys said, “They said my hair was nappy, and I was ugly.” She continued, “They put their hands over my mouth. They put my hands behind my back. And they started cutting my hair and saying it was ugly.”
The claim was when the bell rang, the boys took off running and left her on the ground crying, and her grandmother was the one to notice when she fixed the girl’s hair the next day. Allen lived with her grandparents, and her grandmother told NBC News, “It was like she just died. That’s how painful it was for me.”
Her grandfather also told NBC News, “My heart just broke,” he said. “I was just paralyzed. I couldn’t get myself together.” The girl’s grandparents both stated they were not going to send Allen back until the boy’s who did the attack were punished. This led to the school taking action on innocent students who had nothing to do with Allen’s claims.
The head of the school, Stephen Danish, stated, “Administrators were deeply disturbed by the allegations. We take seriously the emotional and physical well-being of all our students, and have a zero-tolerance policy for any kind of bullying or abuse.” It was then police were called in to investigate.
Fairfax County Police investigated and found out the Allen had made the story up and cut her own hair. After the story was proven to be false, the head of the school put out this statement, “We can now confirm that the student who accused three of her classmates of assault has acknowledged that the allegations were false. We’re grateful to the Fairfax County Police Department for their diligent work to investigate these allegations. While we are relieved to hear the truth and bring the events of the past few days to a close, we also feel tremendous pain for the victims and the hurt on both sides of this conflict. We recognize that we now enter what will be a long season of healing.”
Allen’s grandparents also put out a statement to apologize to everyone. “To those young boys and their parents, we sincerely apologize for the pain and anxiety these allegations have caused. To the administrators and families of Immanuel Christian School, we are sorry for the damage this incident has done to trust within the school family and the undue scorn it has brought to the school. To the broader community, who rallied in such passionate support for our daughter, we apologize for betraying your trust.”
At the time everyone thought the story was true, all the news focused on was Karen Pence worked at the private evangelical school, and the Allens said they found no connections to the fact the Second Lady worked there.
Neither her nor Vice President Vice Pence knew of the alleged attack which turned out to be false. It was only because the school is Christian and does not allow anything to do with the LGBT movement, gays or transgender people, for which the school has that right since it is a private school.
Folks in the community were outraged as to how the media exploited this situation without the proper investigation. It is a prime example of how the media works as the main topic was, “Three sixth-grade white boys at a Christian school in Virginia where Vice President Mike Pence’s wife works cut a black girl’s hair, calling it ‘nappy’ and her ‘ugly,’ the girl says.” Before the story was confirmed false, they painted the girl as the victim and the boys as committing a hate crime. This media story is accountable for defamation of the boys and putting the Pence’s in an unnecessary spotlight.