The black high school student who accused three white male classmates of pinching her and cutting her dreadlocks has acknowledged & # 39; that she had made up the claim, according to her school.
Amari Allen, 12, claimed that she was being held by three boys who cut her hair at their $ 12,000 per year school. She then also gave a tearful interview about it and said that she found her hair ugly & # 39; and & # 39; diaper & # 39; , a racist term used to occasionally describe African American women's hair.
On Monday, however, her family issued a statement saying she had made it up and apologizing to the boys.
Why she made up the claims remains unclear. The family asked for forgiveness in their statement and said they had betrayed the wider community & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We sincerely apologize to those young boys and their parents for the pain and fear that these allegations have caused.
Amari Allen, 12, claimed that three white boys pinned her and cut her dreadlocks. Her family admitted on Monday that she had made it up
& # 39; To the administrators and families of the Immanuel Christian School, we are sorry for the damage this incident has caused to the school family and the inappropriate contempt it has brought to the school.
& # 39; We apologize to the wider community, which has so much passionate support for our daughter, for violating your trust.
& # 39; We understand that there will be consequences and we are willing to take responsibility for it. We know it will take time to heal, and we hope and pray that the boys, their families, the school and the wider community will be able to forgive us in time & # 39 ;, they said in the statement. ABC news.
The school has issued its own statement.
& # 39; We can now confirm that the student who accused three of her classmates of assaulting has acknowledged that the allegations were false.
& # 39; We are grateful to the Fairfax County Police Department for their diligent investigation into these allegations. Although we are relieved to hear the truth and bring the events of recent days to an end, we also feel enormous pain for the victims and the pain on the sides of this conflict.
& # 39; We acknowledge that we are now entering a long season of healing & # 39 ;, the school said.
Amari shed tears when she told the humiliating incident during an interview with her grandparents, Cynthia and Dewuane Allen
& # 39; They called me ugly and said I shouldn't have been born. They called me an attention seeker, & Amari said about the sixth grade boys who would have attacked her last week during an interview with her family.
The sixth grade said she was about to go down a slide when the three bullies were ambushing her & # 39; last week & # 39 ;.
& # 39; One of them put my hands behind my back. One of them covered my mouth. They kept smiling and calling me names, & Amari told WUSA9 while the tears streamed down her face.
& # 39; They called me ugly and said I shouldn't have been born. They called me a focus seeker. & # 39;
Amari said the boys were waving scissors, & # 39; taking large pieces of my hair and just cutting & # 39 ;.
She said she didn't tell anyone until two days later after her grandmother noticed that her hair was wrong.
& # 39; Sometimes I think I don't deserve to be at a Christian school and I'm ugly, & # 39; she said.
Amari said she didn't tell anyone about the attack until days later when her grandmother noticed her hair was uneven. The pre-teen dreadlocks are seen before (left) and after (right) the alleged incident
Immanuel Christian School officials told DailyMail.com last week that they had contact with the family and asked the police to conduct a thorough investigation.
& # 39; We take the emotional and physical well-being of all our students seriously and have a zero tolerance policy for any form of bullying or abuse & # 39 ;, said Stephen Danish school principal in a statement.
& # 39; We are deeply troubled by the allegations made and communicate with the alleged victim's family to collect information and provide all possible support.
& # 39; We have also contacted law enforcement agencies to ask them to conduct a thorough investigation, and further investigation should be directed to the Fairfax County Police. & # 39;
A Fairfax County Police spokeswoman confirmed that an investigation was ongoing, but refused to provide DailyMail.com with additional information because she was young.
Immanuel Christian School officials (photo) said they had contact with Amari's family and asked the police to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident
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