I am late making this post but I would be remiss in not sharing this article in case you are not aware of this sickening situation. This is the story of the 14 year-old white girl in Paris, Texas who was given probation for arson when 14 year-old Shaquanda Cotton who is black was sentenced to up to seven years in prison for shoving a hall monitor.
I won't attempt to paraphrase the words of Chicago Tribune correspondent Howard Witt; please read the post in its entirety.
NATION TRIBUNE EXCLUSIVE
Girl alleges sex abuse in Texas prison
White teen whose sentence led to uproar over racial disparities says guard molested her
Tribune senior correspondent
October 9, 2007
When the Chicago Tribune published the story last March of Shaquanda Cotton, the 14-year-old black girl from Paris, Texas, who was imprisoned for shoving a hall monitor at her high school, the article quickly provoked a national civil rights scandal because of apparent racial disparities in the way justice was administered in the small east Texas town.
Shaquanda had no prior arrest record, and the hall monitor was not seriously injured. Yet the teenager was convicted in March 2006 of assault and sentenced by Lamar County Judge Chuck Superville to prison for up to 7 years.
Just three months earlier, Superville sentenced a 14-year-old white girl, convicted of the more serious crime of arson, to probation.
The furor that erupted over the disparity in how the two girls were treated prompted Texas authorities to release Shaquanda from prison three weeks after the Tribune article appeared.
This is the story of what happened to the white girl in that saga.
It appears she has suffered a fate far worse than Shaquanda's.
The emotionally troubled teenager, who has been diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder, was sent to the same youth prison in Brownwood, Texas, where Shaquanda was incarcerated, because she subsequently violated her probation twice.
While there, the teenager -- whom the Tribune is not identifying -- was allegedly sexually molested by a male prison guard, who then threatened her to keep her quiet, according to documents and witness statements examined by the Tribune. The girl self-mutilated her arms with a knife, carving the word "Why" into her flesh, her mother said.
Last spring, the girl attempted suicide by swallowing a handful of pills prescribed for another inmate. When a guard rushed into her cell to rescue her, authorities allege, the girl knocked the officer to the ground -- an assault that tacked another 6 months onto her sentence.
Even worse, officials at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex knew of allegations that the guard was sexually abusing the girl but did not remove him from contact with female inmates until four months later.