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12-year-old girl lied about racist attack by three white classmates at Virginia school

Said boys restrained her, cut her hair

A 12-year-old girl on Monday admitted she lied about being the victim of a racist attack at a private Christian school in Virginia, several days after the hoax story had gone globally viral.

The girl, Immanuel Christian School sixth grade student Amari Allen, told multiple news outlets that, during a class break, three white male students at the Springfield, Virginia school held her down on a playground slide, restrained her, covered her mouth and cut her dreadlocks with scissors, all while insulting her. She claimed the assailants also “took my lunch and ate it in front of me and told me I didn’t deserve it, that I could just starve and stuff like that,” Allen said, claiming elsewhere that the incident lasted for around five minutes.

On Monday, however, Allen admitted she made the story up, numerous local news outlets reported, with the school confirming the hoax in a statement:

We can now confirm that the student who accused three of her classmates of assault has acknowledged that the allegations were false. We’re grateful to the Fairfax County Police Department for their diligent work to investigate these allegations.

While we are relieved to hear the truth and bring the events of the past few days to a close, we also feel tremendous pain for the victims and the hurt on both sides of this conflict. We recognize that we now enter what will be a long season of healing.

The College Fix had reached out to the school on Monday morning via phone and email to learn more about the case. The Fix had asked if the school had the names of the alleged assailants; multiple news outlets had reported that the students involved in the attack had “stepped away” from school while an investigation takes place. It is unclear if the boys named by Allen suffered any punitive measures from the school.

The school is known for employing Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence.

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