One day, 15-year-old Hannah Combs was talking outside of Harker Heights High School with friends. The bullied teen had barely begun her freshman year of high school before tragedy struck.
A boy came up from behind her and poured super glue all over her hair and scalp. Hannah suffered first degree burns and the boy received only an in-school suspension.
Bullying is a serious issue; recently another young woman, Harnaam Kaur, was bullied so badly she nearly took her own life.
Hannah’s father, Christian Grimmer believes the bully should have to transfer. Others want to know why the police haven’t gotten involved.
“I’m not going to pull my daughter out and uproot her from her life because of what this kid did to her,” Christian said. “That child that did this to her, uproot his life. He gave up the opportunity to go to Harker Heights when he committed the act.”
While the school is still investigating the situation, one thing is for sure: Hannah is handling it gracefully.
See how she turned a nightmare into an incredible learning experience below!
Hannah Combs was talking outside of school with friends one day when a bully came up from behind her and poured super glue on her hair.
Although she had been bullied before, Hannah had just begun her freshman year of high school. The fresh start soon became her worse nightmare.
“It instantly started burning,” Hannah said. “It felt like my head was on fire. It was horrible.” She suffered first degree burns and described the feeling as a “sun burn times 10.”
Her father, a retired soldier, Christopher Grimmer was furious with the lack of action taken by staff. He says he was reprimanded by the assistant principal. Although Hannah was taken to the nurse’s office, it was only when Christian took her to urgent care that she was diagnosed with first degree burns. The pain lasted for days.
Hannah and her mother Jessica made the decision that she would cut her hair. It was devastating.
“I realized I lost my favorite thing about me. I loved my hair,” Hannah said. “My hair was the only thing I liked about myself, honestly. I lost it for no reason.”
However, when Jessica started a Facebook page for her daughter “Justice For Hannah,” the support came pouring in.
“It makes me want to help other people,” Hannah said. “There are people who couldn’t stand up for themselves but they talk to me about it. It makes me want to help. It’s amazing how many people are supporting me.”
A local hair stylist named Nikki decided to clean up Hannah’s hair for free.
“Today I got to do something I’m proud of. I fixed a young girls hair who had something traumatic happen to her at school. Her hair had to be shaved on one side, so I made the best of a bad situation,” Nikki said.
Hannah is embracing her new look and wants to use her new platform to help others.
“I want to make a difference. I would like people to stand up for themselves. No one deserves to be bullied — it’s not fair for anyone,” she said. “I’m just a normal kid with strong beliefs. When it comes to bullying, I stand up for people a lot because of it — but it’s worth it.