JONES COUNTY, MS (WJTV) – When T.J. White got off the bus from school on Monday, his mother knew something was wrong.
“Yesterday, my son came home from school and he was looking sad,” said Lattrice Averette, T.J’s mother. “I asked him how was his day, he let me know he was having a bad day because his principal had…he showed me the hair. He told me his principal cut his hair out.”
White goes to North Jones Elementary School. His mother says T.J’S guidance counselor took the boy out of class because his hair was covering his face.
“The school counselor told him to get the hair out of his face, he didn’t. She came to his classroom and saw that he still had his hair in his face later on that day,” said Averette. “She told him to go to the office, and she walked him to the office where they had him sit down. The office…the school counselor held his shoulders as the principal, he says, cut his hair.”
The Jones County School District declined to comment about the allegations on camera. But in a conversation with Jones County School District Superintendent Tommy Parker, we learned he is investigating the incident.
Parker says he has reviewed some of the school’s security footage.
He says the video from inside the school doesn’t show T.J. White going in the Principals office on Monday.
He also says he interviewed the counselor and the principal.
They deny any knowledge of the incident.
Superintendent Parker says he still has more video to review from T.J.’s bus ride home.
He says this remains an active investigation and he intends to find out what happened.