A mother claims her 12-year-old black daughter was the victim of a racial attack in Texas after she came home with a severe rope burn around her neck.
The girl came home with the mysterious injuries after an overnight camping trip with her predominantly white private school, Live Oak Classical School, The Dallas Morning News reports.
The 12-year-old was one of two black students on the trip.
“It looked like somebody had ripped her neck apart and stitched it back together,” the girl’s mother, Sandy Rougely, said.
Rougely also added her daughter had been bullied by her classmates for months prior to the incident. She had even been kicked.
The girl herself told her mother she believes somebody did it to her on purpose, stating she felt somebody put the rope around her neck before she was tugged to the ground.
When she looked behind and saw three white boys who had been picking on herself previously, she asked if they did it on purpose.
“No. Why would we do that on purpose?” she said one of the boys claimed.
Yet when the kids let go of the rope, it fell to the ground.
“That’s why I think it was on purpose,” she said, fidgeting with her hands. “I think someone tried to tie it around my neck.”
Meanwhile, the school itself contends that the girl’s burns were “caused accidentally” while the students played with a rope swing attached to a tree.
Yet the family’s attorney, Levi McCathern, says they are not telling the truth.
“For Live Oak to bury their head in the sand and chalk this incident up to ‘kids being kids’ is irresponsible but, unfortunately, all too common,” said McCathern.
However, the school accuses McCathern of using race to gain money from the accident.
They said in the statement he is trying to “exploit” the 100th anniversary “of the lynching of Jesse Washington in Waco.”
May 2016 marks 100 years since a white mob lynched a 17-year-old after he purportedly killed and raped his white boss’ wife in Texas. It was one of at least nearly 3,500 cases of lynching against blacks in American history, chestnutarchive.org reports.
The school claims they’ve interviewed students and teachers who were present. All claim it was an accident.