When a mom got her daughter something special for her birthday, she had no idea how her ex-husband would react. But, seeing the mom’s gift for the teen pushed the dad over the edge. So, he grabbed the scissors and chopped off his child’s hair as punishment. Did he go too far?
Christin Johnson was excited to celebrate her daughter Kelsey’s thirteenth birthday. The happy-go-lucky girl was becoming a teen, so her mom wanted to do something special. When Kelsey said she wanted to change her look, the mom agreed, thinking it would be a great birthday present.
The mother-daughter duo enjoyed a day of pampering at the salon, where Christin got Kelsey some blonde highlights. Never imagining how her father would react, Kelsey was thrilled with how her long, freshly highlighted hair turned out. Indeed, she was all smiles, but that was all about to change.
Feeling beautiful, Kelsey smiled for the camera, loving the look of her new locks. After snapping a post-salon photo, the teen was dropped off with her dad and stepmother, identified by Rare as Schaffen Frederick and Sara Murray. Kelsey was excited to show off her new look, but dad didn’t approve, and he took his outrage to the extreme.
After seeing that she had changed her hair color, Kelsey’s dad apparently lost it. By the time Christin picked up the birthday girl again, Kelsey looked drastically different, leaving her mother horrified. Furious, Christin took to Facebook to show the world how Kelsey’s dad punished her for the birthday gift she received from her mom.
“This is what my daughter looked like Sunday when I took her home and the other two pics is what happened today before she was brought to me,” Christin Johnson wrote in her social media post alongside three photos of Kelsey — one before going to her dad’s and two that were taken after. In the first, the teen is smiling brightly with flowing long hair, but in the others, a short-haired Kelsey is hiding her face, too ashamed to look at the camera.
“All over me having highlights put in her hair for her birthday,” the mad mom added, referring to the obvious haircut the young girl was given. The heartbreaking images immediately sparked outrage among social media users. As the public’s fury grew, tens of thousands of people shared the post, condemning what the dad had done.
Christin Johnson’s post eventually caught the attention of Ohio authorities who began to investigate the mother’s complaint alleging that her daughter’s father and stepmother forcibly cut the child’s hair as punishment for getting highlights.
“I’ve been doing this since ’92 and I’ve never had a case, I would say, that’s like this,” Haskins Police Chief Colby Carroll said, confirming his department was investigating, according to Yahoo News. “Mom was upset with how her child was being cared for.”
Desperate to make Kelsey feel better, Christin took her to Lady Jane’s salon, where the kindhearted staff fitted the teen with a wig. Meanwhile, the case was turned over to the county child services department, but no charges were filed, according to a department spokesman.
The dad and stepmother didn’t come out of the situation unscathed, however. “Actions have consequences,” they allegedly told Kelsey while chopping off her hair. However, they were about to learn that lesson themselves. Schaffen Frederick and Sara Murray, volunteers at the local fire department, were both suspended while the department conducted its own investigation, CBS 4 reported.
While beauty is more than skin deep and it’s what’s on the inside that counts, a teen girl’s appearance is important to her. A bad haircut can make even the most confident person feel uncomfortable, upset, or even devastated. When that bad haircut is forced on a child by someone who is supposed to love them, the emotional trauma that must cause is unimaginable.
It makes one wonder what other forms of punishment might be dished out. Luckily, Kelsey doesn’t have to worry about that anymore. According to a Facebook page started to show support for Kelsey, she was eventually removed from her father’s home as her mother was granted custody.
Although some social media users maintain there are two sides to every story, countless people are appalled over the father’s decision to cut Kelsey’s hair in an effort to punish or possibly humiliate her. Some even speculate that the punishment was actually aimed at Kelsey’s mother, with the father inflicting the haircut on the child to send his ex a message.
Whatever the case, a girl’s simple birthday wish shouldn’t be turned into such an unexpected nightmare. If he didn’t like her hair, there are other ways to handle the situation. Hastily chopping it off, when it looked perfectly fine, isn’t one of them.