Last week, the story of Amari Allen from a private Christian school in Springfield caused a national outrage. It was revealed she did have an argument with her classmates but Allen had embellished the story.
The 12-year-old girl from the Immanuel Christian School in Virginia, Amari Allen, who claimed to have been pinned to the ground by three white boys from her class and cut her hair forcibly, last week lied about the entire incident. According to CNN, Stephen Danish, head of Immanuel Christian School, said in a statement, "We can now confirm that the student who accused three of her classmates of assault has acknowledged that the allegations were false." Allen's family also expressed their embarrassment and apologized to the school, families of the 3 boys and to the community as a whole for the whole affair. Speaking with the channel, Allen's aunt Lakeisha Allen said, "We are so embarrassed, and we are so sorry," and added Allen only had a verbal dispute with the boys and had "embellished the story."
HOAX: Amari Allen says she made it all up!!! https://t.co/ugucV3e0Tu— Ike Ejiochi (@IkeEjiochi) September 30, 2019
In a statement issued by Allen's family on Monday, they stated, "To those young boys and their parents, we sincerely apologize for the pain and anxiety these allegations have caused. To the administrators and families of Immanuel Christian School, we are sorry for the damage this incident has done to trust within the school family and the undue scorn it has brought to the school."
https://t.co/ajBKTe4pKS— Amanda (@Aaranda18151083) September 30, 2019
This is why DUE PROCESS is so incredibly important before drawing any conclusions of guilt/innocence. The way the national media, NAACP, & this family blasted this fabrication on a national scale prior to evidence is deplorable. #AmariAllen
The statement added, "To the broader community, who rallied in such passionate support for our daughter, we apologize for betraying your trust. We understand there will be consequences, and we're prepared to take responsibility for them. We know that it will take time to heal, and we hope and pray that the boys, their families, the school and the broader community will be able to forgive us in time."
The 12-year-old had claimed one of three students from 6th grade had covered her mouth, another held her down while the third cut her hair with scissors he brought for the purpose while they were in the school's playground. Allen even appeared on television all teary-eyed and said, "They kept on laughing and calling me names and everything." She also said they called her "Ugly" and that "'I shouldn’t have been born’" according to a People report.
Why wasn’t it checked BEFORE being reported out? All anyone in journalism does is clickbait and no one checks the story before reporting. #AmariAllen— Ms. Evans (@SedgwickEvans) September 30, 2019
She also said, "They took big chunks of my hair and just cut. The other kids were playing … and the teacher was assessing another situation." Allen has been in the same school since kindergarten and said she had always enjoyed her time in the school but things changed at the beginning of the present school year. She said she started getting bullied regularly by the three boys and everything turned sour for her. She told the media she felt like she did not belong in the school anymore.
So turns out #AmariAllen lied about the whole thing. The race card needs to stop being thrown around for everything. It's used to conquer and divide everybody on this earth. If we are to unite we need to stop lying on each other. https://t.co/klKAlVyMma— Na'Tierra LeFrere (@BleuAlpha) September 30, 2019
Even though the incident took place in the school's playground no one noticed it. Allen said she did not talk about the incident for a few days. Her grandmother noticed that her hair was shorter than before and asked why this was so. Allen told her about the made-up story and the family called the police. Cynthia Allen, the child's grandmother had said then, “It was like she just died. That’s how painful it was for me."
I don’t care if she’s 12 or 38 there should be punished. She should be expelled from the school. The grandparents should be reprimanded as well — parading a 12 out to TV interview after TV interview. #AmariAllen— Ms. Evans (@SedgwickEvans) October 1, 2019
She added, "Some consequences should be implemented so that the school will send a strong message: We will not tolerate this, under any circumstances. No matter who you are.” A spokesperson for the school had said then that the three boys had “stepped away from school” because of the ongoing police investigation who treating it as a case of a potential assault.