Spring Valley High update: Lawyer says student is not an orphan  

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.
J. Todd Rutherford (Image Source: Twitter-@RepRutherford)
J. Todd Rutherford, lawyer for injured girl and also South Carolina House Minority Leader (Image source: [email protected])

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.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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