A Texas teenager is taking a stand against bullying after a classmate reportedly poured super glue on her head.
Hannah Combs, 15, is a freshman at Harker Heights High School in Killeen, Texas. On Sept. 14, a fellow student snuck up behind her and poured super glue on her head, the Killeen Daily Herald reported.
Combs immediately went to the school nurse.
“It instantly started burning,” Combs told the Killeen Daily Herald. “It felt like my head was on fire. It was horrible.”
Later that evening, Combs learned she had first-degree burns on her scalp. The hair on the right side of her head was matted and ruined. She decided to shave it off.
“I realized I lost my favorite thing about me. I loved my hair,” Combs said. “My hair was the only thing I liked about myself, honestly. I lost it for no reason.”
Combs said the assistant principal questioned her about the incident, but the boy who attacked her was not spoken to by any school officials. It wasn’t until her father, Christian Grimmer, threatened to call 911 that the school took action.
The boy was given an in-school suspension. Combs’ parents were not satisfied and made multiple requests to Killeen Independent School District Superintendent John Craft to have the boy transferred to another school in the district.
“You would think the superintendent's priority would be school safety, but it is not any of his concern because he will not return any calls,” Grimmer said.
The school district issued the following statement regarding the incident:
“Killeen ISD is committed to ensure the safety of all students, staff and parents. Therefore, the district considers this a very serious incident and has responded in accordance to state law, board policy and the student code of conduct. In doing so, the district also protects the rights provided to students under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and thus is unable to provide information pertaining to specific students and disciplinary measures instituted.”
Combs' parents reportedly kept her home from school, saying they would not have her return until the bully was removed. The school district allegedly contacted them on Sept. 22 and said the issue had been resolved and Combs could return to school now.
Combs’ mother made a Facebook page titled “Justice for Hannah,” where thousands of social media users voiced their support. The page has garnered more than 31,000 likes and got the attention of a local hairstylist who offered to cut and style Combs’ hair for free.
With all the support Combs has received through social media, she still wants people to understand that the boy who did this to her needs help too.
“Alright a lot of people are talking to me about the boy who did this to me,” Combs wrote on the "Justice for Hannah" Facebook page on Oct. 16.
“Yes what he did was wrong and yes what he said after he did this to me was wrong," she added. "But are we any better (than) a bully if we say mean things about him and threaten him?
“Let's let him start over he should know now that he needs to respect other people and think before he (does) something.
“Bullying is wrong and as I said before sometimes it's the bully that really needs the help maybe this has made him see that he has been doing things the wrong way. I'm sorry if I offended anyone by saying this.”