US parents sue school after staff allegedly coloured boy's hair with permanent marker

US parents sue school after staff allegedly coloured boy's hair with permanent marker
Photo credit: Screen grab via CBS News

A Texas couple is suing the school their teenager attends after staff allegedly coloured his haircut with a permanent marker.

The suit alleges, according to CNN: "They laughed as they took many minutes to colour 13-year-old JT's scalp which took many days of scrubbing to come off".

The school did not attempt to let the teen's parents know before his scalp was blackened, family attorney Randall Kallinen said.

In the lawsuit, the parents say the 13-year-old was called into the school office the day after he'd had a haircut, CNN reports.

The African American boy was then reportedly told he had to use a permanent marker to colour his scalp or be suspended.

He went with the permanent marker option, before the school's discipline clerk grabbed the marker and started colouring his scalp, a court document says according to CNN.

A new principal at the school "expressed great regret over this matter and has resolved to re-earn the trust and confidence placed upon him,'' a statement to CBS News said.

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