“To the broader community, who rallied in such passionate support for our daughter, we apologize for betraying your trust.”
A middle school student at Immanuel Christian School in Virginia recently claimed white boys at the school held her down and cut her hair. The media wasted no time trying to pin this controversy to Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, because she works there as a part-time art teacher.
Now we know it was a hoax.
How do we know? Because the girl has admitted it.
FOX 10 in Phoenix reported:
School says Virginia girl’s story about classmates ambushing her, cutting her hair was a hoax
A 12-year-old Virginia girl’s claim that she’d been held down by three classmates who cut her dreadlocks was a hoax, according to school officials.
The alleged incident was reported at the Immanuel Christian School in the Annandale area last week.
Amari Allen – who is African American – told local media that the haircutting was the culmination of a series of bullying incidents involving the same group of students.
Along with the haircutting, she said the boys took her lunch every day and ate it in front of her.
“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,” Head of School Stephen Danish said in a statement.
The girl’s family has even released a statement of apology:
Statement of apology from the family of the 12 year old African American girl who now admits she made a false assault allegation against 3 white boys in her class. @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/JfSVvOF9ZX
— Julie Carey (@JulieCareyNBC) September 30, 2019
At least the family has apologized. That’s more than anyone can say for the countless media figures who rushed to connect this fake act of hatred to Karen Pence.
Just look at this collection of breathless journalists pushing the Karen Pence connection before all the facts were even known:
Supercut: Watch the media credulously report a “racist” attack on Virginia school girl pic.twitter.com/okRVSeaH1F
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 30, 2019
Why is the media so quick to believe something like this and propagate the story? Because they want to believe it. They want other people to believe it, too.
Brad Polumbo writes at the Washington Examiner:
It’s a hoax: The hate crime the media used to try to smear Karen Pence
Three white boys held down an African American girl and cut her hair at recess, and somehow, it’s Karen Pence’s fault.
Oh, except it didn’t actually happen. And in fact, the story was pretty fishy right from the beginning, and people should have known…
“SIXTH GRADERS HOLD DOWN CLASSMATE, CUT HER DREADLOCKS AT PRIVATE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL WHERE KAREN PENCE TEACHES,” the screaming headline at Newsweek read. Similar headlines implicated Pence in the incident at left-wing outlets ranging from NBC News to the Advocate.
This is liberal media bias at its worst: If Michelle Obama or Jill Biden had volunteered at a school where a crime or some bullying happened to take place later, no news outlet worth its salt would even have reported it as if the two were connected.
So this viral smear of Pence was pretty bogus from the beginning in that the media’s framing of it was extremely disingenuous. But as it turns out, it never even actually happened.
All of the media figures who couldn’t wait to push this dirty and false narrative as a smear piece owe the Pence family, the boys who were accused, and their viewers an apology.
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