While talking with friends outside of Harker Heights High School in Texas, 15-year-old freshman Hannah Combs was suddenly attacked by a boy. A boy came up from behind her and poured super glue all over her hair, getting it into her scalp.
Combs tells KDH News, “It instantly started burning. It felt like my head was on fire. It was horrible.”
One of Comb’s friends immediately called her parents while Hannah was escorted to the nurse’s office for treatment. However, Combs could barely speak as the pain was practically unbearable.
When Christian Grimmer, Combs’s father, arrived to tend to his daughter, he was furious as to the lack of action he saw the school staff take. The administration did not track down the bully and take him into custody. They didn’t do anything until Grimmer threatened to call 911.
Grimmer took her daughter to the doctor’s office, where she was diagnosed with first degree burns. The pain lasted for multiple days.
Combs and her mother, Jessica, made the difficult decision to cut her hair. Combs was naturally devastated.
“I realized I lost my favorite thing about me. I loved my hair,” Hannah said. “My hair was the only thing I liked about myself, honestly. I lost it for no reason.”
Afterwards, Jessica started a Facebook page in support of her daughter. Titled, “Justice For Hannah,” individuals all over the world joined and wrote words of encouragement and support for Combs.
Hannah says, “It makes me want to help other people. There are people who couldn’t stand up for themselves but they talk to me about it. It makes me want to help. It’s amazing how many people are supporting me.”
A local hairstylist volunteered to clean up Hannah’s hair for free. She says, “Today I got to do something I’m proud of. I fixed a young girls hair who had something traumatic happen to her at school. Her hair had to be shaved on one side, so I made the best of a bad situation.”
Combs is using her new look as a platform to help others.
“I want to make a difference. I would like people to stand up for themselves. No one deserves to be bullied — it’s not fair for anyone,” she says. “I’m just a normal kid with strong beliefs. When it comes to bullying, I stand up for people a lot because of it — but it’s worth it.”
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