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Virginia student says she fabricated story about classmates cutting her dreadlocks

A sixth grader at Virginia private school admitted Monday she lied when she told news outlets three of her classmates pinned her down and cut some of her dreadlocks, her school told CNN. 

Amari Allan, 12, told CNN last week her classmates had held her down and called her "ugly" and "nappy" while cutting several of her dreadlocks with scissors, but her family issued an apology Monday after the school confirmed the assault did not happen. 

"We can now confirm that the student who accused three of her classmates of assault has acknowledged that the allegations were false," Stephen Danish, head of Immanuel Christian School, said in a statement shared with CNN.

A spokesperson for the school was not immediately available for comment. 

Allan's family also issued an apology in a statement shared with CNN

The family apologized to the accused students and their families and the administrators for the "pain and anxiety these allegations have caused." 

The family also apologized for betraying the trust of the "broader community, who rallied in such passionate support for our daughter."

"We understand there will be consequences, and we're prepared to take responsibility for them," Allan's family said. "We know that it will take time to heal, and we hope and pray that the boys, their families, the school and the broader community will be able to forgive us in time."