Teacher ‘orders dying girl who suffers from alopecia to remove wig | RedCowHills
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Ashanti Elliot Smith – who is not expected to live past 15 – was devastated by the incident because she just wanted hair like the other girls in school.

The mum of a terminally ill girl who suffers from alopecia says her daughter was forced by a teacher to remove a wig she wore to school.

Ashanti Elliot Smith, 11, wanted hair like other girls but says she was told to take it off because it was pink and might encourage other girls to dye their hair.

Ashanti suffers from Hutchinson Gilford Progeria – a rare ageing disease that means she is not expected to live past the age of 15.

Her mother, Phoebe Smith, 29, from Burgess Hill, West Sussex, said: “She was devastated when they told her to take it off. Her little heart was broken. It’s disgusting.

“It is bright but she should have the right to wear whatever colour hair she wants.”

Ms Smith said the family could not afford human hair wigs and were donated the bright pink one by friends of the family.

Ms Smith said: “She was so proud of her hair but this has put her on a downer