University of Kentucky student Kylah Spring on viral video of racist attack on campusMay 01, 2023
but we kick off this hour with a
attackon the University of Kentucky
campuslast month. We now warn you that the
videois disturbing. It shows UK senior Sophia verbally
attacking freshman Kyla Spring and appears to physically attack her. Also, Spring was working overnight at a dormitory reception desk when Rosing entered the building without identification. She seemed to be drunk. Spring says that she asked if Rosing was okay. She then says that Rosie started hurling
racistslurs, kicking, punching and biting. Now,
campuspolice have arrested Rosing. and she faces multiple charges including assault and public intoxication.
She pleaded not guilty. The
universitysuspended her and then permanently banned her from campus. The school president says that, in part, this behavior was disgusting and devastating to our community. this unacceptable hostility and violence rosing's attorney told cbs news his client will not comment at this time and is currently enrolled in treatment says rosing will apologize at the appropriate time now in his first interview and only on cbs mornings Kyla Spring and her mom her mom's name is Betsy Jordan she's here at the table welcome to both of you Carla a freshman her first time away from home a freshman it's heartbreaking to see that video can you take us there what Were you thinking about that moment while this was happening to you? um i was thinking i know the drill i was raised to act a certain way if i ever come across racial assault or assault but i was also very bummed it happened to me while i was working and i really just wanted to make sure i acted appropriately so I could keep my job because the script could have changed at any time if I had retaliated because you didn't think she lived in the dorm at first you really wondered if she's okay that was the first thing you did and then she just started I understand that he used the n-word more than 33 times I was told that it was used more than 200 times 200 times because there is a 10 minute video and we only saw a small part there and Betsy as her mother at first you didn't want it to go public no you wanted none of us to see that video why not um because i knew it could go either way how do people respond to seeing the truth this is not an isolated incident it's something that happens you happen to be on camera and I honestly struggled with what it would look and feel like to have that disruption in our lives and it was happening anyway and Kyla this is one time as a mom I actually had to apologize to my daughter I said you know what you're right you want to share this what needs to be shared I apologize I'm behind you I support you and whatever you need and I got to her as fast as I could Betsy that was you feeling the moment you found out what happened and then you saw the video scared I was scared um I was in texas working away from home anyway my daughter is in
kentuckyon campus and i knew you know there are rumors being shared a lot about racism in the south and what people how will people respond there are um you know there has been something of ugliness that has been brewing in our country in recent years that makes you aware that racism is still alive and I was afraid of what that would look like for my daughter in 2022 you always hope you are not part of a story like this the lawyer of sophia rosing says that she is a little humiliated, ashamed and sorry for this incident what do you say to that i say that there is an opportunity for growth in this situation and i also say that this is an opportunity not only for her to grow and educate herself but also for people who might have acted or thought similarly to her. you know to come the next day even to see how you are um it hurts but i'm not surprised you know there's another video in this story not only of the attack but of a march on campus in support of you where you spoke it's a very powerful moment you say she it won't break your spirit and there are tears running down your face we have a little clip of it say my name is kyla
springyeah yeah um take us to that moment yeah take us to that moment because what was coming through your head at that point in your sweetheart it seems but at that moment i felt so much a part of something bigger than myself um i told myself i wasn't going to cry you know i was on the campus bus and i was like okay i've written what I mean, I know what I have to do and then I hear the roar of young people my age who are so excited behind me and because of this on campus it was like I started crying and felt a little weak in the knees and It was an amazing experience to see so many people rooting for Carla this hurts this hurts this is so painful it's so painful to watch I hope it's painful for people who aren't of color to know that you had to go through that as a freshman how it has changed you i am not even going to say if it has changed you i know i would assume it has changed how it has changed you it has changed my point of view on how often situations like this occur.
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university of kentucky student kylah spring on viral video of racist attack on campus...
Obviously, I've seen stuff like this on the news and heard about it. kind of an um an eye opening moment for me to wake up and really realize what is happening in our country to um little children of color to people of color um it has changed you you look like a young woman with standards and integrity and your mother raised you well you know how to react or not react at that point and i'm not trying to encourage violence at all but there's some people back home maybe some niggas watching this saying why turn the other cheek why we always gotta take that High Roll you have someone yelling racist things you hit, kick and bite, there might be some people watching saying why you didn't fight back, I would tell that person and those people that you can fight back and and and but not with violence, love is a proper way of fight back, respect honor and Grace is also fighting back so she's not leaning in a weak way, she's leaning in a way that honors who you are and the truth and integrity that you are a character and who God created you to be and what which I also like about the fact that this happened as terrible as it actually happens more often than a violent response to racism and sadly there aren't enough videos of the correct response. and what I'm thankful for is that my daughter has girded herself with truth and honor and Grace and integrity.
We are in a moment in which for more than 10 minutes she was reprimanded by someone who was not even in her right mind. she was able to remember who she was and smile and didn't even realize the magnitude of who she was until after it happened because of what was already inside of her, certainly through the Michelle Obama line page when they go down, come on come on high but she didn't make it herself Betsy no so Bravo to you and Bravo to you Kyla that's a great response and we're thankful to both of you for being here and for your Poise Betsy spray and Kyla
springthanks You so much
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