Chicago: School Butchers Student’s Hair

By The Chicago Times Staff

January 28, 2022

CHICAGO – Two staff members of the Noble School Network have been placed on administrative leave after cutting a female student’s hair without her parents’ permission.

According to Speer Academy, a staff member had cut eight inches of hair off sophomore Student IsaMara Padilla on the orders of an ROTC sergeant.  Padilla was a prospective ROTC student and aspiring military recruit.

An ROTC sergeant had told Padilla that she was not up to “grooming” standards and ordered that Padilla place her hair in a bun.  When Padilla was unable to keep her hair in a bun, the ROTC sergeant ordered two Speer Academy staff members to cut her hair, according to Speer Academy.

“Pending this investigation, we decided yesterday evening to place both staff members involved on administrative leave. At Noble, we believe in providing positive and equitable school experiences that are safe, affirming, and grounded in trust.” Noble School Network released in a statement.

A police report has been filed by the Padilla family alleging battery.  The family may also pursue civil action.