Last week at the Immanuel Christian School in the Annandale, Virginia area, where Vice President Mike Pence’s wife Karen is a teacher, a 12-year-old girl claimed that she was the victim of a ‘racial attack.’ She said that three of her classmates held her down and cut her dreadlocks.
However, that was not true.
School officials and investigators have discovered that the claim was a hoax. In fact, once the New York Times learned of the fact that the ‘crime’ was fake, it changed its headline to remove the racial descriptions.
Fox5dc, a local Fox News affiliate reported:
Amari Allen – who is African American – told local media that the haircutting was the culmination of a series of bullying incidents involving the same group of students.
Along with the haircutting, she said the boys took her lunch every day and ate it in front of her.
“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,” Head of School Stephen Danish said in a statement.
The school also included a statement from the child’s family.
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.
We understand there will be consequences, and we’re prepared to take responsibility for them. We know that it will take time to heal, and we hope and pray that the boys, their families, the school and the broader community will be able to forgive us in time.
Statement of apology from the family of the 12 year old African American girl who now admits she made a false assault allegation against 3 white boys in her class. @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/JfSVvOF9ZX
— Julie Carey (@JulieCareyNBC) September 30, 2019
Many people wonder at the sort of environment that would encourage a child to make such a claim, and they point to the mainstream media as a primary instigator.
Here are just a few of the stories that were quick to jump on the claim: