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Mom claims racism over daughter’s rope burns on school trip

Injury to student (Photo Credit: Facebook/Sandy Rougley)

Injury to student (Photo Credit: Facebook/Sandy Rougley)

A  Black mother in Waco, Texas is outraged after her daughter came home from a school trip with rope burns around her neck. Sandy Rougley sent her daughter on an overnight school trip with her sixth grade classmates last month. During the trip, according to school officials a rope was mistakenly wrapped around her daughter’s neck while on a makeshift swing. However, Rougley maintains the rope was deliberately put around her neck by three White male students. It resulted in horrific scarring and pain to her daughter and she has filed a $2.72M lawsuit against the school.

According to Rougley, her daughter had been bullied for months at Live Oak Classical School where attendance costs $7K per year and she is outraged at the incident and the school’s response. She stated she did not know about her daughter’s injury until after she returned from the school trip with the rope burns around her neck. Her daughter was initially treated by a school chaperone, who is also a medical doctor that rubbed Vaseline on her injury and gave her ibuprofen for pain. When she arrived home, her mother took her to the emergency room where a spinal exam was done and she was given pain relief, antibiotics and an inhaler. Rougley stated, “I think there was prejudice at the root of all of this. I didn’t want to say it at first. I didn’t want to see it like this, in this way. But as I go back and think about the different things that were going on and occurring in the school year, that’s all I can see. And nobody did anything about it.”

The school’s dean, identified as Allison Buras, sent an email to Rougley that stated in part, “Did you take her to the doctor? How is she? We were glad to have a doctor on our trip who could check her out or we also might have felt a need to take her in. I remember getting rope burns as a child and they are not fun! I hope she is doing OK.”

Rougley and her daughter are now being represented by lawyer Levi McCathern, who also works for the Dallas Cowboys. McCarthern stated, “For Live Oak to bury their head in the sand and chalk this incident up to ‘kids being kids’ is irresponsible but, unfortunately, all too common.”

The school denies the allegations of racism and claims that the lawyers are trying to take advantage of the situation.


  1. Natalie741 on May 24, 2016 at 7:32 am

    like David answered I am surprised that a single mom can get paid $5285 in 4 weeks on the computer . look here


  2. Dora Webb on May 24, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    This is to much and in 2016 this shouldn’t be a conversation. First of all you don’t joke like that. And where were the adults while this was going on? All parents all races need to teach their kids to respect others. This is a shame that we are still dealing with issues of this nature.

  3. refichter on May 24, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    That looks horrible. An accident? Really? With a injury that bad, she should have been taken to a hospital immediately and, let me just say, the hospital would have been calling the authoriteis about possible abuse, at least in a civilized state. I don’t know about Texas.

  4. Erica on May 30, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Single mom or not no kid deserves to be done like this . What if it was your kids no matter what race you are would you honestly be okay with this because I wouldn’t .

  5. maglev on June 14, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I don’t know anything about “rollingout” but this is a terrible article that could have been published in the most right-wing rag.

  6. 329099 on June 17, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Let this school know how you feel [email protected]