Jimmy Hoffmeyer Wiki – Jimmy Hoffmeyer Biography
Jimmy Hoffmeyer is a Michigan dad who says his daughter, Jurnee, came home from elementary school in the Mount Pleasant Schools district with her hair cut on two separate occasions. In one case, a teacher cut her hair, and in another, a classmate did it, he says.
Hoffmeyer posted before and after photos of his 7-year-old daughter on social media with a caption saying “Ganiard Elementary cut her hair” in hashtags. Jurnee, who is biracial, is pictured in one photo with long, blonde ringlets falling over her shoulders. In two other photos, she hangs her head and purses her lips with her hair shorn above her ears. The post prompted a firestorm from advocates fighting for his daughter, and #JusticeforJurnee became a trending term.
Hoffmeyer told the Associated Press Jurnee came home from school March 24 with most of the hair on one side of her head cut. The girl told her dad another student cut her hair with scissors on the bus. Hoffmeyer filed a complaint with the principal and had his daughter’s hair styled at a salon to even out the differing lengths. Then, Jurnee came home with the other side of her hair cut, and told her dad a library teacher cut it. Hoffmeyer told WAVE 3 his daughter’s hair was still somewhat asymmetrical after the salon cut, but that it was still about shoulder length on one side.
Parents and others fighting for #JusticeforJurnee spoke at a Mount Pleasant school board meeting Monday, April 19, 2021 to fight for the girl’s rights. Hoffmeyer is working with the National Parents Union to call for specific actions from the school. More than 500 people sat through the virtual school board meeting, according to Christina Laster, a policy director with the National Parents Union.
Laster asked the board for specific steps and to put the item on the agenda for the next school board meeting.
She told the board:
We are asking for a formal apology to the Hoffmeyer family for violating their rights and cutting Jurnee’s hair without parental advisement or consent, formal consequences to the educators and staff who decided to act without parental permission, guidance or consent and cut Jurnee’s hair, damages based on the injury and mental anguish that has taken place to this family and child, formal policies in place that will prohibit future harm in this or any other manner that indicate discriminatory practices based on race, ethnicity, hair type, texture or style according to the CROWN Act, resolve to follow the law and not assault children in any way, resolve to have best transparent practices with a spirit of respect and collaboration as parents are co-partners in their child’s educations, and resolve to follow the law and best practices when requests are made through the Freedom of Information Act, open and public records requests and return communications to parents and families. I ask that you would agendize this item to resolve all of these things that I listed for your next board meeting.
The CROWN Act stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair” and prohibits discrimination based on a person’s hair.
Jimmy Hoffmeyer Age
Jimmy Hoffmeyer’s age is unknown.
Jimmy Hoffmeyer is married to Christie Hoffmeyer, Jurnee’s mom. Christie Hoffmeyer has also spoken out about her daughter’s treatment at school and posted on social media, although Jurnee’s dad has been the main spokesperson for his daughter in news articles.
Christie Hoffmeyer wrote on Facebook on April 19, 2021, after a school board meeting at Mount Pleasant Schools. She said she was grateful for the support her daughter and her family have received. She said she and her husband are standing together to fight for justice for their daughter.
Just got done with the school board meeting. & I must say I couldn’t be more proud and thankful of all the love and support my family received from our community and others from all around the world that tuned in to the board meeting and spoke up for my beautiful daughter jurnee! My family couldn’t be more grateful and appreciative of all the support we have received and are continuing to receive! Thank you everyone for standing with us while we fight for justice for my baby! #JusticeforJurnee
Hoffmeyer has two other daughters, ages 8 and 4, according to the Associated Press.
Jimmy Hoffmeyer Daughter
Hoffmeyer said in an interview with the Associated Press Jurnee was crying and afraid to get into trouble when she came home from school after a teacher cut her hair.
“She was crying,” Hoffmeyer said. “She was afraid of getting in trouble for getting her hair cut.”
“I asked what happened and said ‘I thought I told you no child should ever cut your hair,’” he continued. “She said ‘but dad, it was the teacher.’ The teacher cut her hair to even it out.”
He told WAVE 3 his daughter was embarrassed to go to school after the teacher cut her hair.
“After that teacher cut her hair, she was so embarrassed, so embarrassed that she had to go back to class like that,” Hoffmeyer said.
Hoffmeyer posted on Facebook April 9, 2021, saying he wished he could say more publicly but that he will post updates in the future. The post said he was “feeling exhausted.”
“I know alot of yall want to kno more but this is all I can say at the moment but will update when I can…just want to keep ppl aware in the mean time,” he wrote.
Hoffmeyer told the Associated Press that the school has not done enough for his daughter in response to the incident. After another student cut Jurnee’s hair on the bus, he said the school told him they would talk to the other girl’s parents.
The school called him and “said the little girl stole the scissors off the teacher’s desk, and they were going to talk to the parents and deal with it accordingly,” he told the AP.
The most that could be done to reprimand the library teacher, Hoffmeyer says the principle told him, was placing a note in her work file. The teacher acknowledged she should not have cut Jurnee’s hair, he said, and asked how to “make it go away.”
“She said she didn’t have the authority to do anything. She kept asking me what she could do to make it go away,” Hoffmeyer said.
About one week after the incident, following the school district’s spring break, the superintendent called him, he told the AP. Her offer was to have “I’m sorry” cards mailed to the family.
“I got mad and hung up,” Hoffmeyer said.
He also filed an incident report with the Mount Pleasant police department, but said on Monday he had not been contacted for a follow-up.
Hoffmeyer Said ‘I’m Not One to Try to Make Things About Race’
Hoffmeyer is biracial, and his wife, Jurnee’s mom, is white. Both the teacher and the student who cut Jurnee’s hair are white, according to the Associated Press.
Once Jurnee’s story reached us, we leaned in to help get #JusticeForJurnee. We are currently seeking a civil rights attorney for the Hoffmeyer family and have sent formal requests to the district for evidence from the incident. @TheBWSTimeshttps://t.co/phx0XFHIIE
— National Parents Union (@NationalParents) April 16, 2021
“I’m not one to try to make things about race,” he said. “I’ve pretty much grown up with only white people, myself.”
He told WAVE 3 he did not expect serious consequences for the student, but said he thought the teacher should at least take responsibility, even if she had good intentions.
“Our kind of hair, you can’t just wet down and cut it because, and that’s when I feel like they should have, even if they were trying to do it in the kindest of their heart, once they seen the outcome, they should have been like, ‘Yeah, we messed up,’” he said. “We should probably call him and let him know what just happened.”