The video of a Black teen girl at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina being violently slammed to the ground by a school resource officer has caught the attention of the nation. The video spread rapidly through social media along with some misinformation. Her lawyer, Todd Rutherford, was a guest on the Joe Madison Black Eagle Sirius XM show and stated that the girl’s first name is Shakara. Rutherford is also the South Carolina House Minority Leader.
Rutherford also stated that Shakara is not an orphan, which was widely reported. Both Shakara’s mother and grandmother are alive. Apparently, a New York Daily News article misquoted Rutherford and the misinformation spread throughout the national media narrative. But one piece of her story is apparently true, she is in foster care. The young girl has been charged with disturbing school, a unique South Carolina law. She faces up to 90 days in jail and up to $1,000 fine. A GoFundMe page has been set up and $26,964 was raised in 12 hours.