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Sophia Rosing, a former senior at the University of Kentucky, who was previously charged with six counts, was arrested when she pleaded not guilty. She has finally been indicted by a grand jury for racially attacking a Black student at Lexington’s Herald Leader.

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  • The police officer reported that she resisted arrest by biting and kicking. She said that when the police arrived, they saw Kylah Spring, a freshman at UK, drunkenly attacking Rosing. The viral videos of the incident showed her shouting racial slurs and engaging in hateful actions. The report states that Rosing is considering viewing her actions as a hate crime. So far, she has been charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault, second-degree disorderly conduct, and third-degree assault of a police officer.

    According to the laws of Kentucky, she may be subjected to a maximum of five years of imprisonment for biting on the hand of that law enforcement officer. Her court hearing is set to take place on March 17 in the Fayette County Circuit Court.

    After the occurrence, she received a lifelong prohibition from the university premises and became disqualified to resume her education. As per Fox 19 News, she was also terminated from her position as a “student influencer” and an employee at Dillards.

    The Grand Jury of Fayette County emphasized the extreme embarrassment experienced by her lawyer, Fred Peters, when it was revealed that his client had been present during the altercation, even though she had a self-satisfied grin on her face in her mugshot. Rosing and he had previously agreed to forgo the preliminary hearing.

    After the occurrence and her apprehension, Peters stated that Rosing will be “seeking assistance”. She will be attending a rehabilitation program and will participate in racial awareness education, as reported by the Daily Mail.

    “She’s an extremely embarrassed and humiliated young woman,” stated lawyer Fred Peters, via AP News.

    Spring did not deserve to begin experiencing college this way. She was certainly not expecting to be terrorized by a senior who played racist bingo with her. As a Black student at a predominantly white college, Spring was already facing a lot of challenges. She shouldn’t have had to go through this.

    The university declared that it is conducting its own investigation, even though Rosing is no longer registered at the school.

    President Eli Capilouto, speaking through CNN, emphasized the importance of the existing procedures. He stressed the necessity of ensuring that individuals are held responsible for their actions, as we strive as a united community to combat racist violence. This commitment extends to our full cooperation with an ongoing investigation regarding the criminal charges that have been filed. It is worth noting that even though she is no longer enrolled as a student, our efforts to uncover the truth must persist.

    Rally of Students from the University of Kentucky

    At the University of Kentucky’s campus, the assurance of putting an end to the turmoil caused by racism was not ensured by her reservation, even though Rosing faced criminal charges, as reported by Lexington Herald Leader. A gathering organized by a collective of University of Kentucky students was held to show support for Spring.

    Recently, the family of a student from Memphis stood in front of a crowd as an incident occurred. Rosing, who was heavily intoxicated, was seen assaulting her inside a residence hall lobby and spitting racial slurs. In response to the viral video of this racist incident, the Theta Mu Chapter of the fraternity Sigma Beta Phi organized a march.

    Spring, with tears streaming down her face, expressed, “Ms. Rosing, you will not shatter my determination, and you will face the consequences of your actions. My only hope is that you embrace love, and make an effort to perceive life in a new and more optimistic light following this incident.”