FRANKLIN, TN — Franklin Police and Williamson County Schools are investigating an apparent bullying incident caught on video at Franklin High School, as a 16-year-old girl’s wig was ripped from her head in the school’s hallway.
In what Franklin Police called “a shameful act,” a student pulled 16-year-old Lulu Williams’ wig from her head in the FHS hallway as other students watched and filmed it. The video was apparently shared on Snapchat with the caption “Weave snatchin.” Lulu wears a wig because of a scalp condition that causes “severe dryness and hair breakage and loss,” her mother wrote on Facebook.
Myckelle Williams said she took Lulu to the hospital with abrasions and whiplash.
“These kids not only tore her wig off in the middle of school, but video taped it. They followed her to the bathroom as she screamed and cried and proceeded to tape her OVER the stall as she cried and begged for her wig,” she wrote.
Lulu told NewsChannel 5 a female student followed her in the bathroom and was “laughing” as she shot video.
Over the weekend, Lulu decided to shave her hair to show that the bullies would not defeat her, according to her mother’s Facebook post.
“My hair was one of my biggest insecurities so I felt like he had taken my power and I wanted it back,” she told NewsChannel 5. “When I walk around with a bald head he’ll know that he didn’t do anything but give me more power to speak out to other people.”
A school resource officer and Franklin Police are investigating, as is the district which issued this statement:
“The Franklin High administration and the School Resource Officer immediately began investigating the incident when it was reported to them Friday afternoon. This type of behavior can never be tolerated at school. In addition to school discipline, WCS prosecutes delinquent behavior to the fullest extent of the law.”
Lulu told Fox 17 she’s received messages from girls from around the country and now feels braver and stronger than she did with the wig.
“Now ever since I did it I feel free, and I’m not held down by my hair or I’m not defined by it,” she said. “I’m defining myself.”