A 10-year-old black boy is being charged with aggravated assault, months after a playground game of dodgeball at his elementary school.
Cameishi Lindley, mother of soon-to-be-fifth-grader Bryce Lindley, said she was shocked after receiving a phone call from her local juvenile court, explaining that her son would be charged with aggravated assault.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Cameishi Lindley told 7 Action News about the call, received from the Wayne County Juvenile Court in Canton, Mich., on July 24.
Now, because the boy being punished is black and the boy who was injured is white, some critics are calling the incident racist, while others – including celebrity comedian DL Hughley, who called the charge “ridiculous” – are coming to the boy’s general defense.
“Some 10 year olds were playing dodgeball on the playground at school. A white kid got hit with the ball. Then they charged the 10 year old Black child with assault,” tweeted film producer and self-dubbed “No. 1 race baiter” Tariq Nasheed. “This is why we should not prioritise any of these border issues, while our kids are racially targeted.”
The situation began back on Apr. 29, when Bryce received a one-day suspension from Ruth Eriksson Elementary, in Canton, for allegedly hitting a classmate in the face with a ball during a game of dodgeball. The child reportedly sustained a concussion, but because it was an accident, Lindley didn’t expect punitive measures against her son Bryce to go any further.
But the injured child’s mother – who declined to release her name or her child’s to the public – says her son had a previous medical condition that made him susceptible to head injuries. Further, she alleges to 7 Action News that this particular injury was no accident, adding that he “sustained facial tissue damage to his face. He had a black eye and a bruised nose.” She says that her son had already experienced similar incidents while engaging in physical activities at school, and that she “tried not to let it get to this point.”
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