One high school girl is owning her look to take control back from her bullies.
A student from Franklin High School in Tennessee was humiliated this week when she was the victim of a cruel prank. The young lady, known only as LuLu, was allegedly targeted by the unidentified boys as the result of a $5 bet.
Video of the incident shows a boy running up behind LuLu, snatching off her wig, and running away. LuLu’s mom took to Instagram to speak out about what happened to her daughter and included a clip of the incident that was posted to Snapchat.
The bullies then chased her into the bathroom as she tried to hide. According to LuLu’s mother, the girl had to go to the hospital as a result of injuries from the assault.
“These kids not only tore her wig off in the middle of school, but videotaped it. They followed her to the bathroom as she screamed and cried and proceeded to tape her OVER the stall as she cried and begged for her wig,” LuLu’s mother wrote. “Later I had to take her to the hospital for abrasions and whiplash.”
It’s unclear why the boys went after LuLu. Her mother explained that she wore the wigs to help her self-esteem
“Lulu has a scalp condition that causes severe dryness and hair breakage and loss, and had been so ashamed of her appearance that she had taken to wearing wigs in an effort to still feel beautiful. We all know how easy it is to feel insecure at age 16.”
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Yesterday I received a call from my youngest daughter screaming and crying on the phone, for me to come and get her from school. Apparently, some boys had taken a $5 BET about pulling her wig off in front of everyone. Lulu has a scalp condition that causes severe dryness and hair breakage and loss, and had been so ashamed of her appearance that she had taken to wearing wigs in an effort to still feel beautiful. We all know how easy it is to feel insecure at age 16. These kids not only tore her wig off in the middle of school, but video taped it. They followed her to the bathroom as she screamed and cried and proceeded to tape her OVER the stall as she cried and begged for her wig. Later I had to take her to the hospital for abrasions and whiplash. Lulu later decided to shave her hair off and not let these bullies win. She was not wanting to feel controlled by her hair any longer, and take back her control. I am only posting this with her permission but yesterday our entire family was angered and in tears about the way she was treated. The teen suicide rate has now DOUBLED and bullying has played a HUGE Role. If you have a teen in this situation, continue to uplift them and let them know that they are strong and beautiful and can own thier insecurities and take control rather than being controlled. I admire the strength and beauty of my little Lulu and know that she will inspire many others even through this difficult time in her life. #SayNoToShaming2018 Please share if you have a teen who needs to know they are beautiful no matter what! Bullies will not win in 2018
After the attack, though, it seems that LuLu has decided to take her power back by shaving her head and embracing her natural hair.
And she looks even more stunning with the closely cropped style.
While LuLu has found a way to cope with the incident and even overcome it, her attackers have reportedly not been punished for their actions.
Now, LuLu’s sister is also calling for justice. She posted the school’s contact information, urging people to reach out and demand that they see some consequences for their actions.