Hannah Combs described the moment a bully approached her from behind and poured super-glue on her head, getting it all over her hair and scalp.
“It instantly started burning,” Hannah said.
She added, “It felt like my head was on fire. It was horrible.”
The 15-year-old was treated at the nurse’s office, but no action was taken against the boy until Hannah’s angry father, Christian Grimmer, arrived at the school and threatened to call 911, he told KDH.
Grimmer then took Hannah to a doctor, who said she suffered a first-degree chemical burn. Later that day, Hannah’s mother Jessica Grimmer took her to get her head partially shaved.
“I realized I lost my favorite thing about me. I loved my hair,” Hannah told the news outlet. “My hair was the only thing I liked about myself—honestly. I lost it for no reason.”
The family got angry that school officials only gave the boy an in-school suspension as punishment. But they received some much-needed support after Jessica started a “Justice for Hannah” for her daughter.
“It makes me want to help other people,” Hannah said. “There are people who couldn’t stand up for themselves but they talk to me about it. It makes me want to help. It’s amazing how many people are supporting me.”
After hearing about Hannah’s story, local hair stylist Nikki decided to style Hannah’s hair for free.
“Today I got to do something I’m proud of. I fixed a young girls hair who had something traumatic happen to her at school. Her hair had to be shaved on one side, so I made the best of a bad situation,” Nikki told the outlet.
Hannah is embracing her new look and wants to get help for others who have been bullied.
“I want to make a difference. I would like people to stand up for themselves. No one deserves to be bullied—it’s not fair for anyone,” she said. “I’m just a normal kid with strong beliefs. When it comes to bullying, I stand up for people a lot because of it—but it’s worth it.
The National Bullying Prevention Center says that one out of every four students, or 22 percent, report being bullied during the school year. It adds:
– 64 percent of children who were bullied did not report it; only 36 percent reported the bullying.
– More than half of bullying situations (57 percent) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied.
– School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25%.
– The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks (55%) and body shape (37%)
It added that “cyberbullying” is also on the rise, with about 20 percent of high school students in the U.S. reporting being bullied online.