Bullying is worldwide issue and it keeps rearing its ugly head. It seems that we are bombarded on a daily basis of some new story of a tragic bullying incident. In the most extreme cases, it can even nudge the victims towards self-harm and sometimes even suicide.
Hannah Combs had barely begun her freshman year at Harker Heights High School in Killeen, Texas when tragedy struck. A boy came up from behind and poured superglue all over the 15-year-old’s hair and scalp. She’d been bullied in the past, but never quite like this. For this heinous act, all the boy received was an in-school suspension.
Hannah’s father, Christian Grimmer, was furious at the way the school handled the situation. Hannah was examined by a school nurse, but it wasn’t until he took her to urgent care that she was diagnosed with a first degree chemical burn to her scalp. Hannah describes the feeling as a “sun burn times 10.”
As you can see, the damage to her hair was pretty bad …
Hannah was forced to make the difficult choice of cutting her hair.
Nikki, a local stylist. heard about the situation and offered to style her hair free of charge.
The whole family was devastated until Jessica made a Facebook page for her daughter called “Justice For Hannah.” That’s when the support started pouring in from all over and Hannah realized what she needed to do. “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,” she says.
Hannah is embracing her new look, and wants to use her newfound platform to do some good for others. She says that she’s “just a normal kid with strong beliefs,” and that she wants to make a difference and help others stand up for themselves because “No one deserves to be bullied – it’s not fair for anyone.”
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