A white Catholic highschool pupil in Louisiana was arrested and charged this week after he was caught on video attacking a Black classmate by throwing cotton at him after which whipping him with a belt, authorities stated.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Workplace stated Tuesday that the ninth-grade pupil from Vandebilt Catholic Excessive Faculty has been arrested for easy battery and a hate crime and brought to the Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Justice Heart. The 15-year-old has but to be recognized.
A video of the teenager attacking the opposite pupil went viral final week. In footage offered to WWLTV, a white male pupil walks over to a Black classmate sitting at a desk in a crowded Vandebilt lunchroom. The white pupil throws cotton on the Black pupil, then repeatedly whips the Black pupil with a belt.
“We will’t sweep this below the rug,” Vandebilt alumnus P.J. Allridge, who’s a good friend of the sufferer’s household, instructed WWLT.
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Workplace stated on Fb final week that the incident gave the impression to be racially motivated, and befell throughout college hours.
“Good! About time somebody units the instance,” Fb person Jackie Outhouse wrote in response to the submit.
“No human being ought to ever be handled within the method this younger boy was handled,” Carey Clement Redmond stated. “A ninth grade pupil KNOWS higher than to behave like that. He deserves his penalties. Beneath no circumstance ought to this be tolerated.”
The sheriff’s assertion added that the sufferer’s dad and mom met with detectives as a part of the investigation.
“The dad and mom of the sufferer additionally met with the varsity’s administration and they’re diligently aiding the dad and mom with addressing this non-acceptable episode,” the sheriff added.
The sufferer’s household shared a press release with WWLT, saying they hope the incident will function a lesson to others.
“We’ll proceed to wish for our faculty group as an entire, that we not solely get by means of this collectively, however that we every study a worthwhile lesson from what has taken place,” the sufferer’s household stated.
Vandebilt Catholic Excessive Faculty is a non-public college based mostly in Houma. The establishment, which requires candidates to undergo interviews earlier than they’re accepted, says its mission is “dedicated to religious formation and educational excellence in an surroundings rooted in Catholic values and within the teachings of Jesus Christ.” The college largely serves Catholic college students of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux and is the one Catholic college within the Terrebonne Parish.
Vandebilt Catholic Excessive Faculty didn’t instantly reply to The Each day Beast’s request for remark.