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This Teacher Got the Same Haircut as Student to Fight Bullies

Because girls can have short hair, too.

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When Shannon Grimm saw one of her students being teased for her new haircut, she decided to stand up for the girl in a very unique way—by cutting her own hair to match.

Grimm, who teaches kindergarten at Meador Elementary School in Willis, Texas, says she first noticed that five-year-old Prisilla Perez was being teased by her classmates after she got a cropped haircut. Seeing how much it was upsetting the girl, Grimm cut her hip-length locks into a similar style over winter break to teach her students an important lesson.

“I knew in my heart this was what I had to do,” Grimm, 31, told TODAY. “I had to show them boys have long hair like girls and girls have short hair like boys.”

According to Grimm, her haircut has drastically improved Prisilla’s mood and self-esteem. She told TODAY that not only has the five-year-old’s confidence has gone up but that Prisilla said to her, “When I get big like you, I will have friends who will be mean to me, but I will be nice to them just like you.”

Along with their matching haircuts, the pair has matching bows, too. In the same interview, the 31-year-old teacher and mom of three explained, “That bow represents strength, family, someone [who] has her back.”

Kindergarten student Prisilla Perez was a happy little girl when the school year began. However, after getting her hair…

Posted by Willis Independent School District on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Grimm also nominated Prisilla for the “Student of the Month” award. After receiving the honor at a recent school board meeting, the young girl gave her teacher a medal for being her hero.

And Prisilla wasn’t the only one who appreciated Grimm’s new ‘do. Mom Maria Vasquez told Yahoo Lifestyle, “I was shocked, I was crying, I couldn’t believe it — she did something I wouldn’t have the guts to do. I will never forget that.”