Rope burn to neck of black girl, 12, ignites dispute

A rope burn a 12-year-old black Waco girl received around her neck during an overnight school campout has left the girl's mother asking if her daughter was victimized by racially motivated bullying by sixth-grade classmates.

Sandy Rougely has retained a lawyer to press a personal injury claim against Live Oak Classical School, the private school where her daughter is enrolled. She tells The Dallas Morning News ( ) her daughter returned from the April 28 campout with the injury to the front half of her neck.

In a statement to the newspaper, school trustee Jeremy Counseller said the girl was injured accidentally by a rope swing and accused Rougley's attorney of exploiting the accident for financial gain.

Rougely and her attorney say the injury was inflicted intentionally and racially motivated.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News,