Young Black Girl, 12, Returns From a Camping Trip with Severe Rope Burns Around Her Neck, Accident or Attack?

A Waco mother is demanding answers after her 12-year-old daughter came home from an overnight school trip with severe rope burns around her neck.

Sandy Rougely said her daughter returned from the April 28 camping trip to a ranch with the injury covering the front half of her neck, ABC Newsreports. Many questions concerning the incident remain unanswered, but the gruesome laceration has Rougely thinking her child was the victim of racially motivated bullying from classmates. Her daughter was one of two Black students on the trip,The Dallas Morning News reports.

“It looked like somebody had ripped her neck apart and stitched it back together,” the girl’s mother told The Dallas Morning News this week.

A statement released by the school claims that the young girl’s injury was “caused accidentally” as a group of students played with a rope swing attached to a tree. Jeremy Counseller, a member of the private school’s board of directors, also e-mailed a statement to The Dallas Morning News detailing the incident.

“…The student and some of her classmates were playing with a swing and an attached pull-rope on a field trip,” Counsellor wrote. “The student received first aid treatment immediately after the accident by a parent chaperone who is also a physician, and she was able to enjoy the remainder of the field trip, which lasted through the next day. Live Oak takes the safety of its students seriously and is saddened that one of its family suffered an unfortunate accident and injury.”

Rougely’s daughter’s account of the incident slightly differs from Counseller’s, however. The 12-year-old said she was helping swing other kids, but then stopped to watch. She then felt the rope wrap around her neck from behind, after which she was pulled backward and dragged. Rougely’s daughter also points out that none of her classmates helped her. She said she looked back after removing the rope from her neck to see three white boys who had allegedly been picking on her.

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According to The Dallas Morning News, the girl asked the boys if they had done it on purpose and they responded no. But the middle-school student doesn’t see how it could have been an accident, recalling that when the kids let the rope go, it fell to the ground.

“That’s why I think it was on purpose,” she said. “I think someone tried to tie it around my neck.”

Per the news site, the incident will be investigated by officials in Blanco county, where the ranch is located. So far, no one has been accused of a crime.

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  1. Cheryl Fontaine
    May 21, 2016 - 09:30 PM

    It is very difficult for me to believe that was an accident. It looks horrible and painful. Please follow-up on this story.

  2. Shonda Moore
    May 22, 2016 - 12:47 PM

    A doctor that works in my office was there and was the one that treated her, he saw the whole thing happen and it was ABSOLUTELY an accident. He was standing next to the swing watching the kids as it happened. She was standing too close and when they let go of the swing, it caught her neck…

  3. Ja'von Brown
    May 22, 2016 - 05:32 PM

    This was no dam accident! This BS story being passed off as the truth doesn't even make sense. The swing caught her neck my a**!

  4. Arial VanBuren
    May 22, 2016 - 06:28 PM

    Ask him if any of the adults thought to call the child's mother at the time this happened? It matters not that he is a doctor, as a parent he or another adult should have ABSOLUTELY contacted her mother asap. And do not try to blame this child in a slick way writing, "she was standing too close". Well if this doctor "saw the whole thing" why didn't he tell her to move back, or block the swing from hitting her? Since he saw the WHOLE thing, as you stated. If I saw the WHOLE thing, I would have done something during the time of the incident to help, not just render care AFTER the fact, any parent would. So why didn't he? Maybe he wasn't there to see the WHOLE thing as you are so sure he was. Take time to think. As the famous Judge Judy says, "if it doesn't make sense, it isn't true".

  5. Conversate IsNot AWord
    May 23, 2016 - 04:58 AM

    Ariel is correct. Ask yourself if you would have wanted to hear that after seeing this on your child. This requires a call to the child's parents or guardian ASAP after an aide is administered.

  6. Beverley Mundy
    May 23, 2016 - 05:09 AM

    Omg this is disgraceful and could have ended tragically.

  7. Roger Massey
    May 23, 2016 - 06:27 AM

    Eye for an Eye. See how they like it. Its a fricking child.

  8. Pat Moore
    May 24, 2016 - 07:43 PM

    No accident The story doesn't add up – a swing / rope hitting someone would not leave a gash that deep unless the swing is metal and last time I checked most swings are made of hard plastic vs metal anymore and the kid would have been holding her head back when she got hit….yep….don't add up….NO Accident!

  9. Daphne Hampton
    May 24, 2016 - 08:05 PM

    I would be in jail if it was my baby. A time to Kill!

  10. Deidrian Davis White
    May 27, 2016 - 04:17 AM

    Lie!!!!

  11. Anjela Marie
    May 28, 2016 - 07:15 PM

    Her wound sure looks awfully deep for an "accidental rope burn" smh.

    This is how adults end up catching hands behind these bs stories. This "accident" story is so stupid it's almost insulting. The swing accidentally tied around neck causing this deep of a wound? Come on mayne.

  12. John Robertson
    Jun 29, 2016 - 11:55 AM

    Stop telling lies .

  13. Tanya Kalimah Bush
    Jul 07, 2016 - 06:38 PM

    Just because he is a doctor doesnt mean that he is telling the truth! How many times have doctors lawayers, cops, politicians school teachers etc. been attendees/participants at lynchings and even sitting on the jurys of the guilty only to say they are innocent. Get real, this was no accident. The girl knows what happened to her, she said the boys did it and thats that. I mean really?! I pray that she receives justice and all the parties involved are made known ameen.

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