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Settlement reached in Michigan dad’s $1M lawsuit against school over daughter’s ‘modern-day scalping

BAY CITY, MI — In the spring of 2021, a biracial 7-year-old girl had her long locks of hair cut off by staff at the Mount Pleasant elementary school she attended. As a result, the girl’s father filed a $1 million federal lawsuit against the school district and two staffers, alleging his daughter was the victim of racial discrimination.

The incident, described by the National Parents Union as a “modern-day scalping,” sparked national outcry and went viral, with outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Post, People Magazine, and CNN publishing articles on it.

Court records now indicate a settlement has recently been reached in the case, though details are yet to be finalized.

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