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Althoff responds to incident where student cut girl’s hair, leading to police report

Marie Wicker said a student at Althoff Catholic High School cut about 7 inches of her daughter’s long hair with scissors.
Marie Wicker said a student at Althoff Catholic High School cut about 7 inches of her daughter’s long hair with scissors. Provided

Althoff Catholic High School’s principal sent a letter to parents Friday about an incident the previous week that led the mother of a student to file a police report.

In the letter, Principal Dave Harris told parents that an Althoff student cut another student’s hair with scissors while they were in a hallway after school Feb. 2. He described the incident as “what clearly appeared to be an immature act.”

“We at Althoff Catholic High School have very high standards of conduct that are expected of all students, and we in no way condone this behavior,” he wrote.

Harris said staff took action “within minutes” and that disciplinary measures were initiated.

Marie Wicker, the mother of the girl whose hair was cut against her will, said she made a report to police. Belleville police Master Sgt. Todd Keilbach confirmed that Wicker filed a report but said he couldn’t comment on it because it involves juveniles.

Harris wrote in the letter that the school wants to work with everyone involved “to resolve this unfortunate incident and to ensure the safety and security of our students.”

Wicker said her daughter told her that the student held her while he cut about 7 inches of her long hair.

According to Harris, surveillance video footage does not show the student being “held down” during the incident.

Lexi Cortes: 618-239-2528, @lexicortes

What to do if your child is bullied

The following advice on who parents should contact about bullying comes from the Illinois State Board of Education:

  • First, contact the school principal.
  • If your concern remains, consider contacting the district superintendent for help.
  • If your concerns are still not resolved, consider contacting the school board.
  • If your concern remains, consider contacting the regional office of education in your county.

Source: www.isbe.net/Pages/Bullying-Prevention.aspx

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