A white South Carolina woman, dubbed “Pool Patrol Paula,” has pleaded guilty to assault after she attacked a Black teen and forced him to leave a community swimming pool in June.
According to the Associated Press
, Stephanie Sebby-Strempel, 38, pleaded guilty Monday to assault and battery.
The 15-year-old Black boy and his group of friends were verbally and physically attacked by Sebby-Strempel, who was seen hitting the young boy, yelling, using racial slurs and threatening to call the police in a video that went viral
When deputies showed up to her house to arrest her,Sebby-Strempel reportedly pushed one detective into a wall and bit another on the arm hard enough to break skin, authorities said.
At the time of her arrest, she was facing one count of third-degree assault and two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer.
Yet, she was ordered to only pay a $1,000 fine.
The video of the incident went viral on social media with the hashtag #PoolPatrolPaula. Many are linking it to other recent incidents in which a white person has called the police on a Black person doing simple life tasks like sitting at Starbucks
or barbecuing in a park