Assault Charges Dropped Against 10 Year Old For Dodgeballing While Black

Earlier this week we reported on the ridiculous case of a 10-year old Black boy who was charged with assault after playing dodgeball where a classmate was hit in the head with a ball.

The Black child, Bryce, was suspended, and then arrested and charged with aggravated assault for allegedly aiming at this student on purpose, transforming another young Black boy a statistic, subjected to the emotional and physical strains of the judicial system.

On Wednesday, fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and the charges against Bryce were dropped by Wayne County in Michigan.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy instructed her staff to drop the charges against Bryce, and responded to claims by his mother that it was racial by stating it was “categorically wrong to suggest that this was charged based on race or geography.”

Worthy went on to say that the charges were dropped because there was a better resolution to this situation and that the parties involved needed to come together to figure it all out.

“It is my earnest hope that both sides will come back to the table to work out a solution that benefits both of these children,” said Worthy.

While we’ll have to see what happens between the parents and the school, it’s a shame that an innocent, childhood game like dodgeball almost led to the real harming of another Black child, one whose scars would take a lot longer to heal than a black eye.

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