Bankole Thompson: I'm Ashamed a 10-Year-Old is Criminally Charged in Dodgeball Game

August 05, 2019, 7:25 AM

Bankole Thompson: "Stunning and scary."

Detroit News columnnist Bankole Thompson expresses shame that Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged a 10-year-old black child in Canton with aggrevated assault for throwing a ball at a white student during an April 29 dodgeball game. 

"When I read the story and about his mother Cameishi Lindley pleading for help and raising money for his legal defense, I felt ashamed that we live in a society that would allow a child to be treated like a common criminal," he writes.

He calls the charges "stunning and scary, " and writes:

The injured student, who is white, suffered a black eye and a bruised nose, and his mother told WXYZ Channel 7 that her son has a rare medical condition that makes him vulnerable to head injury.

Read more:  The Detroit News

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