High school freshman Hannah Combs was minding her own business outside of Harker Heights High School when something horrible happened. She had experienced some bullying in middle school, and she was looking forward to a fresh start in high school…but things were actually about to get much worse.
A boy came up behind her and poured super glue right onto her hair and scalp. If you didn’t know, super glue is nasty stuff, and Hannah says that her scalp immediately started burning.
She was sent to the nurse, but the pain didn’t stop. As a result, Hannah was rushed to urgent care.
She ended up getting serious chemical burns from the glue.
First-degree chemical burns, to be exact.
And the boy who did this to her? He just got some in-school suspension.
Because boys will be boys, right? Wrong. Needless to say, Hannah and her family were livid. Hannah’s father was furious with the school for not taking more severe action after the assault, because that’s what this was: assault.
Hannah’s family wants the school to expel the culprit. They feel that an in-school suspension is too light a punishment. “I’m not going to pull my daughter out and uproot her from her life because of what this kid did to her,” Hannah’s father, Christian, said. “That child that did this to her. Uproot his life. He gave up the opportunity to go to Harker Heights when he committed the act.”
Hannah also had to cut her hair, which was devastating for her. You can see the sorrow in this photo.
“I realized that I lost my favorite thing about me. I loved my hair,” Hannah said. “My hair was the only thing I liked about myself, honestly. I lost it for no reason.”
After the incident, Hannah’s mother, Jessica, started a Facebook page to rally support for her daughter, and to raise awareness about bullying. The support came pouring in. Today, Justice for Hannah has over 12,000 likes.
Upon hearing about Hannah’s plight via Facebook, a local stylist named Nikki cleaned up Hannah’s hair for free, giving her this cute undercut style.
She looks great! Hannah now wants to fight back against bullying.
(via Little Things)
“I want to make a difference,” Hannah says. “I would like people to stand up for themselves. No one deserves to be bullied. It’s not fair for anyone. I’m just a normal kid with strong beliefs.”
Support victims of bullying on Hannah’s Facebook page, and if someone you know experiences bullying and harassment, say something.