A teacher has been criticised by a mother who claims they told a five-year-old cancer survivor that she couldn’t be pretty and bald.
Five-year-old MaKayla Welsh has been battling leukaemia for almost two years and her hair has started to fall out from her chemotherapy treatment.
MaKayla’s mother, Nicole Welsh, claims a relief teacher at her daughter’s US primary school shamed her in front of her classmates.
"The teacher thought she was pulling her hair out. The teacher told her that if she was bald she wouldn't be pretty," Ms Welsh told Channel 11 News.
After reporting the incident to the school’s principal Ms Welsh was told that the issue had "been handled".
"[They] promised she'd never go through anything like that again,” she said.
The five-year-old girl, who is currently in remission, struggles with her hair loss.
"It did bother her that she was losing her hair again," Ms Welsh told Channel 11 News.