Firefighters Face Abuse Investigation For Cutting Teen Daughter's Hair

A child abuse investigation has been launched against two firefighters who cut off their teenage daughter's hair.

​Haskins, OH – Two married firefighters are under investigation for child abuse, after they punished their teenage daughter by forcing her to cut her hair.

The unnamed firefighters are the girl’s father and stepmother, WITI reported.

In a now-viral Jan. 31 Facebook post, the teen’s mother, Christin Johnson, said that her daughter Kelsey’s long hair was chopped off as punishment for getting highlights as a birthday gift.

“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… all over me having highlights put in her hair for her birthday!” the teen's mother wrote in the post.

The post, which had been shared over 24,000 times as of Tuesday morning, implied that the haircut was done against Kelsey’s wishes.

The Haskins Police Department (HPD) and Wood County Children’s Services were notified of the situation, and both departments have opened investigations, WITI reported.

“I’ve been doing this since ’92, and I’ve never had a case I would say that’s like this," HPD Chief Colby Carroll said.

Jennifer McVeigh, owner of The Pear Tree Salon, said that in her opinion, the person who cut Kelsey’s hair psychologically abused her.

“Your hair is what really makes you feel good,” McVeigh told WITI. “What they did to that poor child ... it’s a chopped-off, boyish hairstyle on her. So I don’t understand why they would want to humiliate their daughter that way.”

“This beautiful little girl is now walking through the halls at school, completely embarrassed, feeling like a little boy,” she said.

A “Team Kelsey” Facebook page was created on Sunday, and included a link to a crowdfunding site in the girl’s name. The fundraising account was deactivated as of Tuesday morning, however.

The firefighters, both of whom have been with their department for approximately two years, were placed on leave pending investigation of the allegations, Middleton Township Fire Chief Steve Asmus said.

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Terithej
Terithej

I don’t know what you call this Offically. However it is diffently cruel and unusual!

libbie
libbie

I feel sad for the whole family. Maybe they thought they were doing the right thing. It is hard to raise teens!!!

Damama56
Damama56

Seriously: emotional abuse? Today's kids are pansies. I rather think her haircut is gorgeous. I myself have had that hairstyle and loved it.

Heezels
Heezels

is it draconian? Sure. Just dye the hair a solid color and be done with it.

Is it emotional abuse? Eh, not really.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

To take a teenage girl and cut her hair off like this is emotional abuse. I have a teenage daughter and I know full well it would be devastating for her to have her long hair cut off that she had her entire life. It was mean spirited at the least. I don't care what day and age it is, any teen girl of any era would feel the same.

NullChamer
NullChamer

If you think this is child abuse then the world is raising a bunch of pussies.

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

Something tells me that this is the last time she defies her parents over issues of highlighting/dying her hair. You can add tattoos, piercings and other defiant issues to the list of things that she'll think twice about. My children went to a private school that banned any hair color other than a natural one. Never had to have that discussion with my children.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

Read the article again. Her Mother had the highlights put in her hair. Her evil witch of a step mother and her spineless father had her hair cut. This is nothing more than a step parent's jealousy issue taken out on a little girl. They deserve to be investigated and made to look like fools. Serious punishment, no, but I bet THEY will think twice before doing something that stupid again.

Rving
Rving

People may not agree but what’s scarier is the fact that these people are charged with child abuse! Give me a break...Did anyone just get a bad haircut in life? I know I did...it was horrible but it grew back, I lived. In this case, the parents likely told them not to get highlights and they did it anyway. So, there were consequences. Tough? Yes. That’s their business. If you think this is a good thing to have child abuse charges, then you are living in the wrong country....

PHX_EMTnLEO
PHX_EMTnLEO

PC has gotten way out of hand these days. Cutting someone’s hair short, they didn’t shave it off just cut it short, is nowhere near child abuse. As someone else posted above, this is the reason the generations being raised now are such pansies and are so soft. There are children that are actually being abused, physical, sexual and true emotional abuse that DCFS/DCS should be focusing their time on, not this non-case. The article didn’t go into the details regarding whether or not the father and step-mother told the daughter she wasn’t allowed to get the highlights, but I would venture to guess they had told her she wasn’t allowed to get the highlights, if she even asked. Yes, the mother allowed it for her birthday, but she has two parents that make the decisions until she is an adult and sometimes in the case of divorced parents kids will play one against the other or one parent will allow the child to behave in a manner not acceptable to the other parent out of spite. The article didn’t delve too far into the reasons the father and step-mother were upset but they obviously didn’t want her to get the highlights for whatever reason and she suffered the consequences of her actions but their actions don’t come anywhere near the level of the child abuse accusations.

Debbie MW
Debbie MW

There is more to this story im thinking.

GBach
GBach

Child abuse or not, what in the hell was the donation website for?

Literally anything that happens to people these days just turns into an excuse to try and get rich.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I thought the same. Glad to see it got buried.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

not child abuse

DocRyder
DocRyder

Good grief. It seem you have forgotten what appearances meant to a teenager, especially a girl. Having one's long beautiful hair bobbed off can be very traumatic for a teen who is already in a hormonal turmoil. Her mother took her to have some coloring added to her hair. Chopping it all off is a childish over reaction no matter what their reasons are. Kids this age have been known to kill themselves over this sort of thing. You can bet it's issues between the man (& his new wife) and the Ex.

Old Codger
Old Codger

Fortunately my kids have left home and now have their own families, but in this case if I was the parent I'd have gone for the "It's my way or the highway" approach. This child appears to playing off parents against each other. Now she should be told, "I'm sorry my dear, but you are no longer part of this family. Take the consequences of getting us in trouble. Go live with your natural mother or approach Social Services to get yourself in care."

SallyJean61
SallyJean61

More then likely the mother has sole custody. The father and stepmother did it forcefully for didn’t like what mom did for her birthday. I can see why DCF and cops are involved. I believe there is a lot more to story. Being a stepmom who has custody of kids. You would be amazed at what mother did to the kids. Perms that she did kid would not go to school. Had to have hair cut like this to get it to look good. Thank god it looked good. Took girls left boy for pizza party. I can go on. I loved the kids as my own. I did for them and mine the same.

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nenasmiller
nenasmiller

This is sad and should not have happened. It’s hard to be a teenager, self esteem is always on the edge. This was a power play. Now she won’t ever want to go by her dad and step mom again. This is a breach of trust and what was a birthday present that was supposed to make her feel pretty was handled very poorly and made to make her ashamed of her appearance. It doesn’t matter how we think she looks teenagers brains don’t work like that. They are not adults and this is not “just a bad haircut” in her mind.

SherryS
SherryS

Her mother bought her highlights at a salon for her birthday. Her dad and stepmom got pissed and basically forced her into a chair at another salon to have her hair cut with clippers like a boy! This is disgusting on the dad and stepmoms part

PlainOldVanilla
PlainOldVanilla

MOM IS ABUSING HER DAUGHTER BY MAKING HER A SPECTACLE ON FB! Shame on her. Not everything is everyone’s business! Every divorced parent has similar stories. Many beliefs are agreed upon when they first have kids or when they turn teenagers, etc. Divorce suddenly pits one parent against the other, often with the child in the middle working both sides. I experienced such. Had I called the police every time my ex did something, the kids would forever be in court. Driving drunk with 3=child abuse to me. Leaving kids with no food for 4 days while he goes to work=child abuse/endangerment. Yelling, not showing up, etc.=emotional abuse. My girls didn’t want to visit their dad, but court said they should while they were younger. As teenagers, they quit seeing him, court didn’t force it, he paid & continues to pay for it. THAT’S how it works! THIS IS NOT CHILD ABUSE! Sure, kids minds work differently, but her mom is abusing her by posting this. She could have worn this haircut, explained to everyone her dad did it & eventally stopped seeing him. In part, it was her mom’s vindictiveness & lack of maturity that fuels the lack of self esteem for this girl. Her father & stepmom are vindictive & immature, too. All need parenting counseling, but there is no child abuse.