A video of a white woman assaulting and calling a black student the N-word at the University of Kentucky is going viral on social media.
The white woman in the video name is Sophia Rosing. She was arrested Saturday night by U.K. Police at Boyd Hall on UK’s campus. Rosing got booked later at the Fayette County Detention Center on Sunday morning.
Rosing received alcohol intoxication in a public place, disorderly conduct, 4th-degree assault, and 3rd-degree assault (of a police officer) charge for reckless actions Saturday night.
The University of Kentucky released a statement that they are investigating the incident and offering support to Kylah Spring, the student that got assaulted for doing their job.
“Early this morning, a disturbing incident was captured on video in a residence hall. The video is deeply offensive, and we take it very seriously. An arrest has been made. We are conducting an immediate review and have reached out to the student victim to offer support. The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority, and we will not tolerate behavior that threatens it. As we learn more details, we will share that information.”
They released an update within two hours of releasing the initial press release saying:
“Early this morning, an incident involving violence against our students, racial slurs and offensive language occurred in one of our residence halls. UK Police arrested the perpetrator, who faces criminal charges, and the investigation is ongoing. Our Office of Student Conduct also is conducting an immediate review, and our Student Success teams are reaching out to the student victims who were subject to this behavior to offer support. To be clear: we condemn this behavior and will not tolerate it under any circumstance. The safety and well-being of our community has been — and will continue to be — our top priority.”
The University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto shared his thoughts under the campus message on the university website.
On Friday, I shared with the campus the responsibilities we have to each other as a community — to protect the free expression of ideas and opinions and to respect each other — everyone on this campus — as we strive to create a community of belonging.
The video images I have seen do not honor our responsibilities to each other. They reflect violence, which is never acceptable, and a denial of the humanity of members of our community. They do not reflect civil discourse.
They are deeply antithetical to what we are and what we always want to be as a community.
We will fully investigate what happened last night, but we also must learn from this moment and do better as a community.
There is no more important responsibility we have — or commitment we must make — than to treat each person — each person — on this campus as people who have equal intrinsic worth and value.
Let us take this moment, painful and ugly though it is, to remind ourselves of the work we must remain committed to as a community where everyone is welcome and feels that they belong.
Again, we will keep you informed as we know more. – Eli Capilouto
Many social media users are calling for Rosing to be expelled from the university.
This is Sophia Rosing, Warning this video is disturbing she should be expelled pic.twitter.com/do5Wc9VMn2
— William Bolden (@StoneColdWillow) November 6, 2022
This is Sophia Rosing a student @universityofky of Kentucky smh she’s also one of the ambassadors for @Dillards at the @FayetteMall calling this lady a N B smh!!!!! Is this what you all allow??? She needs to be expelled and let go PERIOD!!!!! pic.twitter.com/MgqxUqie4O
— Richelle Stewart (@Chelle880) November 6, 2022
As a parent of a UK student of color, I am watching to see how you handle this. Sophia Rosing needs to be expelled ASAP
— Lynette Moore (@lovinme_moore) November 6, 2022
As a graduate from UK. I hope this racist bitch gets expelled. I hope her parents are disgusted but ya know… racism is learned at home. Fuck you, Sophia Rosing. Bye bye degree and the chances of ever being successful. https://t.co/LX9jlPR9cV
— Amαndα Rickεtts ॐ (@amanda_ricketts) November 6, 2022
I was an RA for a time in college, & put in plenty of time at the front desk. It’s thankless but important work, to keep residents safe. This is disgusting.
If Sophia Rosing is a student, she should be expelled. She should be banned from campus either way.
— Brittany-Ann Wick (@ABookishBeemer) November 6, 2022
To be clear have you all expelled Sophia Rosing? Was that not enough ? Hard to believe you’re taking it seriously if she hasn’t been expelled yet.
— Brightwoodian (@Brightwoodian) November 6, 2022
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