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Georgia 3rd Grader's Braids Pulled So Hard, Part Of Her Scalp Was Ripped Off

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Photo of Aolani Dunbar and her grandmother, Dorris Bearden (Credit: CNN) Photo of Aolani Dunbar and her grandmother, Dorris Bearden (Credit: CNN)
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A third grader is recovering from what her family says is extreme bullying. Classmates allegedly pulled the child's hair so hard over a 2-week period that they eventually ripped a part of her scalp.

"Everybody got a chance and I was in the gazebo sitting there crying and crying because I have no friends to play with that will protect," says Aolani Dunbar, the alleged bullying victim.

But, Aolani's family is speaking out to protect her and other children who are bullied. They say one of the boys who started this attack was given an in-school suspension...that's it.

Aolani's grandmother, Dorris Bearden, says the third grader wanted longer hair...so she bought her extensions. "She steps in the door of that school and the first thing they do is attack her and start ripping her hair out," says Bearden, who adds she was shaken to her core when she first saw the injury, "when I saw just the horror of it, I just started to cry, and I cried as I unbraided her hair and the hair fell out in my hands."

Bearden says doctors told her that the little girl may never grow hair on that part of her head again, and she had to shave her head to avoid any further infection...which is why Aolani's mother and aunt...and even strangers, shaved their heads to help make a wig.

"It's not only a temporary effect. It's something that could scar for life," says Bearden.

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