A Texas mother Sandy Rougely is perplexed and left with several questions after her 12 year old daughter returned from a school overnight camping trip with rope burns around her neck.
According to her daughter, the class was playing with a rope swing when the rope somehow ended up around her neck, but the mother doesn’t believe the story, she said “it looked like somebody had ripped her neck apart and stitched it back together.”
According to the sixth grader’s mum, her daughter said the injury supposedly occurred after she helped her classmates move a rope. She said she felt the rope wrap around her neck from behind and being pulled tightly. She says she then fell to the ground and began being tugged backward. After the tugging stopped, the student says none of her classmates attempted to help her so she removed the rope from her neck.
The girl’s school, Live Oak Classical, released a statement saying that the student was injured by accident and she was helped immediately by a chaperon that was present:
“The student received first aid treatment immediately after the accident by a parent chaperon who is also a physician, and she was able to enjoy the remained of the field trip, which lasted through the next day,” the statement read.
According to the daughter, the chaperone used petroleum jelly and ibuprofen to treat her wounds.
Rougely thinks that her daughter may have been attacked because she was black. She said there were 9 girls and 14 boys on that trip and that her daughter was one of the only 2 black people on the trip. She is suing the school.
The school thinks Ms Rougely is talking nonsense and have reprimanded her through her attorney from continuing in that path.
A member of the board of directors in a statement said:
“The student and some of her classmates were playing with a swing and an attached pull-rope on a field trip. The student received first aid treatment immediately after the accident by a parent chaperone who is also a physician, and she was able to enjoy the remainder of the field trip, which lasted through the next day. Live Oak takes the safety of its students seriously and is saddened that one of its family suffered an unfortunate accident and injury.”
The statement said the girl’s attorney, Levi McCathern, who also represents the Dallas Cowboys, asked the school to pay $2.7 million or he would make the allegations public.’
NBC News reports that according to their sources no one has been accused of any crime and all witnesses have been questioned and “each independently established that the (racially motivated attack) accusation made by the attorney is absolutely false.”
Source: NBC News