Who is Jimmy Hoffmeyer?
Jimmy Hoffmeyer is a Michigan father who claimed his daughter, Jurnee, returned home from elementary school in the Mount Pleasant Schools district with her hair cut on two separate occasions, The Black Wall Street Times reported on April 16, 2021.
Everyone meet Jurnee, she is a 7-year-old frost grade student from Ganiard Elementary in Mt. Pleasant, MI. She went to school and her teacher decided to cut her hair to the scalp. Our hair is our crown and that teacher stole Jurnee’s crown.
The teacher still has a job. pic.twitter.com/klUMSVMioP
— Mari Copeny (@LittleMissFlint) April 20, 2021
Jimmy Hoffmeyer Wife
Jimmy Hoffmeyer is married to Christie Hoffmeyer, Jurnee’s mom. Christie Hoffmeyer has also spoken out about her daughter’s treatment at school and posted on social media, although Jurnee’s dad has been the main spokesperson for his daughter in news articles.
Christie Hoffmeyer wrote on Facebook on April 19, after a school board meeting at Mount Pleasant Schools.
Jimmy Hoffmeyer Kids
Hoffmeyer has two other daughters, ages 8 and 4, according to the Associated Press. Hoffmeyer is biracial and his wife, Jurnee’s mom, is white. Both the teacher and the student who cut Jurnee’s hair are white, according to the Associated Press.
“I’m not one to try to make things about race,” he said. “I’ve pretty much grown up with only white people, myself.”
Jimmy Hoffmeyer Michigan
Hoffmeyer posted before and after photos of his 7-year-old daughter on Facebook on April 9 with a caption saying, “#GaniardElementary #CutHerHair.” Jurnee, who is biracial, is pictured in one photo with long, blonde ringlets falling over her shoulders… The post prompted a firestorm from advocates fighting for his daughter, and #JusticeforJurnee began trending online.
The girl told her dad another student cut her hair with scissors on the bus.
Hoffmeyer filed a complaint with the principal and had his daughter’s hair styled at a salon to even out the differing lengths. Then, Jurnee came home with the other side of her hair cut and told her dad a library teacher cut it. Hoffmeyer told WAVE 3 his daughter’s hair was still somewhat asymmetrical.
Jimmy Hoffmeyer Daughter
Hoffmeyer said in an interview with the Associated Press that Jurnee was crying and “afraid of getting in trouble” when she came home from school after a teacher cut her hair. “I asked what happened and said ‘I thought I told you no child should ever cut your hair,’” he continued.
“She said ‘but dad, it was the teacher.’ The teacher cut her hair to even it out.”
He told WAVE 3, “After that teacher cut her hair, she was so embarrassed, so embarrassed that she had to go back to class like that.”
Jimmy Hoffmeyer Haircut
Hoffmeyer told the Associated Press that the school has not done enough for his daughter in response to the incident.
After another student cut Jurnee’s hair on the bus, he said the school told him “the little girl stole the scissors off the teacher’s desk, and they were going to talk to the parents and deal with it accordingly,” he told the AP.
The most that could be done to reprimand the library teacher, Hoffmeyer said the principal told him, was placing “a note in her work file.” He also filed an incident report with the Mount Pleasant Police Department but said on April 19 they had not yet contacted him to pursue the report, according to the AP.
Hoffmeyer is working with the National Parents Union to call for specific actions from the school.