When 10-year-old Jetta Fosberg told her parents her plan to cut off 14 inches of her hair and donate it to charity, they were impressed with her generous spirit. Her peers, however, seemed intent on tearing her down.

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In a selfless act far beyond her years, Jetta, from Dayton, Ohio, decided to donate her flowing locks to Wigs for Kids, an organization that makes human hair wigs for children who have lost their hair because of "chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues." Not only was Jetta able to make a difference for a child in need, but she also left the salon with a charming pixie cut.

Jetta, before her life-changing haircut
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Jetta in the stylist's chair
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Jetta's 14-inch donation to Wigs for Kids
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When Jetta debuted her drastic new haircut at school, she was met with hateful language. In an interview with WHIO, her mother, Heidi Fosberg, lamented at how the other students at Pathway School of Discovery bullied Jetta "about wanting to be a boy, and being ugly." Further, Fosberg told WHIO that when she expressed concerns about her daughter's well-being to the school principal, he "told me that he didn't know of any child that had ever died from words, and that we needed to toughen up and deal with it."

Rather than let her classmates' hurtful words crush her, Jetta and her family took to social media to spread awareness about the damaging effects of bullying and the importance of being kind to one another. The Facebook page, called Stand With Jetta, has over 120,000 likes and receives countless messages of support daily. 

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Posted by Stand With Jetta on Friday, October 10, 2014

In response to Jetta's refusal to back down — despite the underwhelming response she received from the principal of her school — the president and CEO of National Heritage Academies, the company in charge of the charter school Jetta attends, reached out to the Fosbergs and offered a heartfelt apology.

Update: Earlier this afternoon I *finally* received a phone call from NHA; to my surprise, it was from the President and...

Posted by Stand With Jetta on Saturday, October 18, 2014