Girl who Donated Hair at Gillette Stadium Teased in Aftermath

After taking part in Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off last spring at Gillette Stadium, one girl face ridicule for months after returning home.

After a trip to Gillette Stadium to participate in the Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off last spring to donate her hair, the last thing nine-year old Vernonique Pomerleau expected was to be bullied in the aftermath.

Last spring, Pomerleau shaved her hair along with dozens of others including New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski to raise money for children with cancer and their families.

As she told CBS News however, the whispers and mockery started over the summer and continued into school when she started fourth grade.

"Over the summer a lot of people would point and say 'is that a boy or a girl, and if it's a boy why is he wearing a dress?'" Vernonique's mother Marsha Pomerleau told CBS News.

Enrolling at a public school after being homeschooled, it was only a matter of weeks before Vernonique was out of school and back to receiving her education at home. With whispers about the girl who had the weird haircut, Veroninque struggled to make friends during her short time in school.

Despite the negative reaction, Verononique says that she would shave her head again in the future.

Maria Walker October 04, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Its to bad that she wasn't in school when she was making the decision to shave her head. My son shaved for the buzz off this year and we made it a big thing with his school and boy scouts. He skipped recess to collect money and everyone knew what he was doing. He was nervous about going back to school with no hair. The school announced on the PA That he had raised $700 for cancer and he wore his buzz off shirt. It was a great experience for him . I am sorry it wasn't the same for this other girl
Auntie Een October 05, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Well this is a comment for that wonderful 9 year old, Vernonique Pomerleau. You're wonderful. What a courageous and generous gift you gave to someone who is battling cancer. I am very proud of you and your family. I can't even imagine having the courage to do that at the age of 9. You're an inspiration to even us adults. And shame to those infantile and mean-spirited kids in your class who gave you a difficult time. When they grow up, hopefully they will understand how stupid their comments and behavior was. They should be ashamed of themselves. Hang in there, Vernonique.


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