(AP) Sally Miller might have been grateful if her 8-year-old son had come home from school with a nice-looking haircut. But when he showed up with “next to nothing” on his head, Miller threatened to sue.
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District recently agreed to pay Miller $10,000 because a school employee cut the boy’s hair without permission, according to documents obtained by The Oregonian in Portland.
The case was settled last month, but its documents were not released until the Oregonian filed a public records request.
“First I was shocked,” Miller told the newspaper. “Then I was embarrassed that I didn’t have the money to get him a haircut. And then I was mad … I thought, ‘What nerve. How invasive.'”
The single mother said she tried to keep her son’s hair looking neat.
“There was one stinking day, and I’m not lying, that I didn’t brush his hair,” Miller said.
Superintendent Roger Woehl said Wednesday the employee was wrong to play barber. “If someone needs a haircut, we’d be more than happy to go into our wallets to give them 20 bucks,” he said.
The school district’s insurance company paid the $10,000 settlement but admits no liability, said Peter Merserau, an attorney for the school district.