Teen harassed by #PoolPatrolPaula speaks out on racist attack and viral video
The South Carolina teen who was chilling at a pool last month and slapped by Stephanie Sebby-Stremple spoke out to CBS News on Saturday about the ordeal that left him shook.
“This lady walked up to us and was like, ‘Y’all have to leave,’”Darshaun RocQuemore Simmons said. “We said, ‘yes ma’am.’ When I started walking out, she just started hitting me… It was shocking.”
“She called me the N-word and she called me a punk,” Simmons said.
To add insult to injury, other adults on July 14, just stood around and watched Sebby-Stremple attack the 15-year-old and refused to intervene, Darshaun’s father Bryan Simmons told CBS This Morning.
“Of all of those adults there, there was nobody to step up and stop this lady. Say, ‘Hey why are you hitting this young man?’” Simmons’ mother, Deanna RocQuemore said.
“It hurts. I could never imagine putting my hands on somebody else’s child,” RocQuemore said.
When police tried to arrest Sebby-Stremple, she resisted. Then she tried to fight the two police officer, pushed one into a wall and bit the other cop on the arm, leaving a mark.
A police incident report read: “Sebby-Stremple is clearly the aggressor in the assault even going as far as to continue to assault the victim as he was walking away from her,” the incident report said, according to the Charlotte Observer. The report also says Sebby-Stremple and “hit him in the face at least twice.”
Sebby-Stremple was arrested and charged with 3rd-degree assault and battery. She was also fired from her job as a contractor for the skin care brand Rodan + Fields.
This is in response to #PoolPatrolPaula aka Stephanie Sebby-Strempel. Excuse me @RodanFieldsHQ? What is there to be reiterated? She is obviously racist and she is promoting your product. But I guess your brand doesn’t mind since you’ll be reiterating the rules #boycottrodanfields pic.twitter.com/Z2vzMVKbQw
— Suki (@PsychoSuki) June 26, 2018
She is expected back in court on August 13 and if convicted, she could face the maximum penalty for assault on a minor which is 30 days in jail.
But what about those resisting arrest and assault on a police officer charges?