A South Carolina woman is facing assault and battery charges after allegedly hitting 15-year-old at a community pool and then biting an officer during her arrest. Stephanie Sebby-Stremple was caught on camera last month as she berated and appeared to strike Darshaun RocQuemore Simmons, who goes by DJ.
“She called me the N-word and she called me a punk,” Simmons told CBS News’ Michelle Miller. He says he was invited to the pool by a friend when Sebby-Stremple approached him. He says she verbally and physically assaulted him and forced him to leave.
“This lady walked up to us and was like ya’ll have to leave,” Simmons said. “We said, ‘yes ma’am.’ When I started walking out she just started hitting me… It was shocking.”
The next day Simmons showed the cellphone video to his parents, who believe the attack was racially motivated.
“It hurts. I could never imagine putting my hands on somebody else’s child,” Simmons’ mother, Deanna RocQuemore, said.
The video sparked outrage online, where the woman was dubbed “Pool Patrol Paula” and the hashtag #PoolPatrolPaula went viral.
Simmons’ father, Bryan, was upset by the lack of response from others at the pool.
“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?'”
Sebby-Stremple was arrested and charged with 3rd-degree assault and battery. She was also fired from her job. Simmons says he recorded the incident in case people wouldn’t believe him.
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SOURCE: CBS News