Kelsey splits her time between her mom’s house and her dad’s house. Both parents discipline their daughter, but earlier this year, her mom and dad totally disagreed on one thing. Kelsey’s hair was the issue – but Kelsey herself ended up being the victim.
A teenager from Ohio named Kelsey recently found herself at the centre of a social media storm. By bad fortune, the schoolgirl got caught up in a disagreement that was fundamentally between her parents. But in the end, it was Kelsey who fared the worst of them all.
It all started when Kelsey and her mom, Christin Johnson, took a trip to the hair salon. It was a birthday treat for the teenager, and Johnson allowed her daughter to experiment with a new hairstyle. In fact, Kelsey came away with some impressive highlights.
Kelsey and her mom thought her new haircut looked great. Unfortunately, not everyone was on the same page. The teen’s father, Schaffen Frederick – who is no longer in a relationship with Kelsey’s mom – apparently did not approve.
He did a lot more than simply rolling his eyes when he saw his daughter, however. According to Johnson, Kelsey’s father in fact did something pretty dramatic – making his point very clear.
Johnson posted a photograph on Facebook of her daughter before she went to visit her dad. Alongside it, she posted two pictures of Kelsey once she had returned. The difference between the two sets of images was shocking. Johnson clearly couldn’t believe what Frederick and Kelsey’s stepmother, Sarah Murray, had done.
Kelsey had left her mom sporting long blonde-highlighted hair. However, she returned with what can only be called a drastic cut. In the photos taken after the teenager had returned to her mom, Kelsey is seen hiding her face in her hand.
Johnson accused Frederick of making Kelsey chop off her hair to remove the highlights that she had had put in for her birthday. According to the furious mom, it was her ex’s way of punishing the teenager. But to many, it seemed like a step too far.
Johnson’s outraged Facebook post attracted plenty of attention online. In fact, it soon became a viral story, talked about all over the world. Indeed, in just a matter of weeks, the post received over 38,000 reactions and more than 25,000 shares.
It quickly became clear that Johnson wasn’t the only person who considered Frederick’s actions to be completely unacceptable. Some even saw the father’s punishment as being abusive.
Indeed, one user wrote, “This is physical, mental and emotional abuse. Disgusting.” Meanwhile, another individual said that if they were in Johnson’s shoes, they would never let their ex see the child again. Others expressed their concern for Kelsey.
One Facebook user was particularly concerned that Kelsey shouldn’t feel self-conscious about her looks following the unpleasant ordeal. They wrote, “Her hair looked beautiful with highlights. And she’s still beautiful – please let her know she will be rocking a pixie cut now!”
Not everyone was on Johnson’s side, though. Kelsey’s mom received criticism for the way that she had handled the situation. Some people thought that posting the photographs on social media would only add to Kelsey’s embarrassment.
That’s not all Johnson did, either. In fact, she also set up a Facebook page dedicated to her daughter. She named it “Team Kelsey,” and it attracted quite a following. There was also an associated GoFundMe page – though that disappeared soon after it was established.
Frederick and Murray, meanwhile, are facing the consequences of their actions. According to the Daily Mail, Wood County Children’s Services and the police have been looking into the incident.
Pending the results of the investigation, the pair have also been put on leave from their positions as volunteer firefighters. According to Steve Asmus, the fire chief at Middleton Township, the pair had worked there for two years without any complaints being filed.
Kelsey, meanwhile, now has yet another new look. In response to her ex’s decision to chop off the teenager’s hair, Johnson decided that it was time for another trip to the hair salon. But this time, she didn’t ask the stylist to give her daughter highlights.
Instead, Johnson asked for a wig, and before long, Kelsey was fitted with a ready-to-go new hairstyle. The defiant mom posted photographs of her daughter’s third hair-do on social media with a thankful message to the stylists who had handled the job.
“I’d like to thank the ladies at Lady Jane’s on Glendale in Toledo, Ohio for making my baby feel more like herself,” she wrote. “She got her smile back because of you ladies and your selfless acts of kindness! We truly appreciate you ladies so much.”
Although the wig seems to have provided Kelsey with some comfort in the short term, it must be hoped that the incident won’t damage the teenager’s self-esteem in the future. And hopefully her parents can keep their differences between themselves going ahead.