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On Feb 2, Joquan Wallace, a student at Paris High School in Paris Texas, asked and got permission from his teacher to use the restroom. Joquan was profiled and followed by the school police officer Joey McCarthy. McCarthy peeped at Joquan under the bathroom stall and when Joquan was returning to class, McCarthy interrogated him as to why he wasn't using the bathroom closer to his classroom. Joquan told him because he had to do number 2. Joquan had permission to go to the restroom. He was not breaking any school rule, nor was he committing a criminal act. The incident ended in Joquan being assaulted and injured by both McCarthy and Paris High Principal Gary Preston. Both said they told Joquan to go to the office and he didn't do what he was told. Both Preston and McCarthy claim they were hit when they were placing Joquan under arrest. Numerous witnesses say Joquan never hit anyone. Joquan ended up with two felony charges and a trip to the emergency room with visable injuries. Neither Preston nor McCarthy had any visable injuries according to Joquans parents. Joquan was a good student with no discipline problems. He had no prior arrests. He excelled in sports and had won sports awards for the school. He was up for scholarships from numerous colleges. He was suspended from school. He will not be allowed to walk the stage to graduate with his class. He may not receive any college scholarships. People should support Joquan because its time to end the School to Prison Pipeline. A students future should not be destroyed over an incident that school officials instigated. Hold School officials accountable for bad behavior. It can help prevent this from happening to other students.
To: Gary D. Young, Lamar County Attorney Paul Jones, Superintendent Paris Independent School District
Drop the felony charges against Joquan Wallace. Stop the School to Prison Pipeline at Paris Independent School District.
It seems to me, that Paris, Tx. is a hotbed for authoritative injustices against blacks from a long while back now. They've got a history of it and not just from school officials, but from police along with several local political officials.
If I'm not mistaken, this is the very municipality that there was a documentary already released--covering the long history of trumped up charges, entrapment and an overall culture of (almost) overt master and slave treatment against local blacks.
If I'm not mistaken in the location, I remember thinking 'why would any of our people choose to live under those circumstances at all?
Hmm I don't know, maybe this petition should be expanded to beyond even school officials to all the local powers that be themselves. The real criminals ought finally be prosecuted and not our babies for tending to their bodily functions.
242,500 (give or take a few) days of theft, brutality, terrorism, racism against Africa's people and Africa never instigated a law suit against the European Settlers for the mistreatment of her people. There's no other people alive or dead who would have stood this treatment against their own. None!!!!
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