14 year old Texas girl gets 7 years in prison for shoving Hall Monitor

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  1. Maurkadi

    Maurkadi Well-Known Member

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    In Texas, a white teenager burns down her family's home and receives probation. A black one shoves a hall monitor and gets 7 years in prison. The state NAACP calls it `a signal to black folks.'



    PARIS, Texas -- The public fairgrounds in this small east Texas town look ordinary enough, like so many other well-worn county fair sites across the nation. Unless you know the history of the place.

    There are no plaques or markers to denote it, but several of the most notorious public lynchings of black Americans in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries were staged at the Paris Fairgrounds, where thousands of white spectators would gather to watch and cheer as black men were dragged onto a scaffold, scalded with hot irons and finally burned to death or hanged.

    Brenda Cherry, a local civil rights activist, can see the fairgrounds from the front yard of her modest home, in the heart of the "black" side of this starkly segregated town of 26,000. And lately, Cherry says, she's begun to wonder whether the racist legacy of those lynchings is rebounding in a place that calls itself "the best small town in Texas."

    "Some of the things that happen here would not happen if we were in Dallas or Houston," Cherry said. "They happen because we are in this closed town. I compare it to 1930s."

    There was the 19-year-old white man, convicted last July of criminally negligent homicide for killing a 54-year-old black woman and her 3-year-old grandson with his truck, who was sentenced in Paris to probation and required to send an annual Christmas card to the victims' family.

    There are the Paris public schools, which are under investigation by the U.S. Education Department after repeated complaints that administrators discipline black students more frequently, and more harshly, than white students.

    And then there is the case that most troubles Cherry and leaders of the Texas NAACP, involving a 14-year-old black freshman, Shaquanda Cotton, who shoved a hall monitor at Paris High School in a dispute over entering the building before the school day had officially begun.

    The youth had no prior arrest record, and the hall monitor--a 58-year-old teacher's aide--was not seriously injured. But Shaquanda was tried in March 2006 in the town's juvenile court, convicted of "assault on a public servant" and sentenced by Lamar County Judge Chuck Superville to prison for up to 7 years, until she turns 21.

    Just three months earlier, Superville sentenced a 14-year-old white girl, convicted of arson for burning down her family's house, to probation.

    "All Shaquanda did was grab somebody and she will be in jail for 5 or 6 years?" said Gary Bledsoe, an Austin attorney who is president of the state NAACP branch. "It's like they are sending a signal to black folks in Paris that you stay in your place in this community, in the shadows, intimidated."

    The Tribune generally does not identify criminal suspects younger than age 17, but is doing so in this case because the girl and her family have chosen to go public with their story.

    None of the officials involved in Shaquanda's case, including the local prosecutor, the judge and Paris school district administrators, would agree to speak about their handling of it, citing a court appeal under way.

    But the teen's defenders assert that long before the September 2005 shoving incident, Paris school officials targeted Shaquanda for scrutiny because her mother had frequently accused school officials of racism.

    Retaliation alleged

    "Shaquanda started getting written up a lot after her mother became involved in a protest march in front of a school," said Sharon Reynerson, an attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid, who has represented Shaquanda during challenges to several of the disciplinary citations she received. "Some of the write-ups weren't fair to her or accurate, so we felt like we had to challenge each one to get the whole story."

    Among the write-ups Shaquanda received, according to Reynerson, were citations for wearing a skirt that was an inch too short, pouring too much paint into a cup during an art class and defacing a desk that school officials later conceded bore no signs of damage.

    Shaquanda's mother, Creola Cotton, does not dispute that her daughter can behave impulsively and was sometimes guilty of tardiness or speaking out of turn at school--behaviors that she said were manifestations of Shaquanda's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, for which the teen was taking prescription medication.

    Nor does Shaquanda herself deny that she pushed the hall monitor after the teacher's aide refused her permission to enter the school before the morning bell--although Shaquanda maintains that she was supposed to have been allowed to visit the school nurse to take her medication, and that the teacher's aide pushed her first.

    But Cherry alleges that Shaquanda's frequent disciplinary write-ups, and the insistence of school officials at her trial that she deserved prison rather than probation for the shoving incident, fits in a larger pattern of systemic discrimination against black students in the Paris Independent School District.

    In the past five years, black parents have filed at least a dozen discrimination complaints against the school district with the federal Education Department, asserting that their children, who constitute 40 percent of the district's nearly 4,000 students, were singled out for excessive discipline.


    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0703120170mar12,0,1435953.story


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    damn thats crazy all that just for shoving somebody!?!?!
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  2. Maurkadi

    Maurkadi Well-Known Member

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    this girl has one of the worst last names a black person could ever have
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  3. Barrax

    Barrax Movin on UP

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    And I say lmao to Maurkadi
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  4. The Requiem

    The Requiem New Member

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    thats fucking weak
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  5. -Caliban-

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    Horrible, but you realize it happened in 2005?

    You're a year late.
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  6. Maurkadi

    Maurkadi Well-Known Member

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    oh well but 2005 aint why i posted it, its more about getting 7 years just for shoving a damn hall monitor
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  7. bigcfk24

    bigcfk24 New Member

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    wow...

    kinda Jim Crow-esque
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  8. -Caliban-

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    It's amazing she's actually been in there over a fucking week.

    The American justice system is horrible.

    She should've been released not a day later. That sentence is fucking terrible. Doesn't even sound real.

    Any real juvenile court would've released her on probation, a month's worth at that.
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  9. Odysseus

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    Wow thats fucked up considering she wasnt even seriously injured.
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  10. OurSin

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    Yeah it happened in 2005

    the story is from like a week ago....

    fucking crazy.......poor kid...

    she should of slugged that fucking hag...
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  11. EmceeGoddess

    EmceeGoddess Disgruntled Man

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    wtf black girls shoving hall monitors wtf is this world coming to back in my day the hall monitors were respected but then again that was a good white school. i say lock her up and throw away the key lets just hope she doesnt shove any prison officials, wed have to give her ol sparky for that.
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  12. Dely

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    roflmaoooooooooo
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  13. Nimrod

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    this the type of shit where every black man on this side of the hemisphere needa break into that prison that free that little girl


    like seriously


    this is just a travesty
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  14. Screech

    Screech I came, I saw, I conquere

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    wtfff

    thats grimey as hell

    no way she's still in there?
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  15. The_K3

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    fuck if you black or not, i wanna break that girl free, and snuff tha hall moniter for being a flaming faggot future cop.
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  16. Maurkadi

    Maurkadi Well-Known Member

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    thats why a nigga like me has anxiety attacks of being in small towns, when you in no mans land anything goes and u have no advantage other than getting the fuck outta there as soon as possible....

    wtf @ "paris" texas.... mayne shiiiittttttttt
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  17. dlbiininja

    dlbiininja The Hip Hop Poet.

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    that hall monitor is 58 more like that was the most power she will ever have.

    and yea that's some bull them kids need there meds cause then they can trully act a fool. And if the monitor pushed her first then it's self defense fucking morons.
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  18. The_K3

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    oh i thought it was one of those kids that walk around with the sash that i see on tv shows.
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