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Dodgeballing While Black: 10 Year Old Black Boy Charged With Assault In Childhood Game

A young Black boy faces assault charges over an innocent game.

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A 10-year-old black student has been charged with aggravated assault after his white friend got hit in the face during an innocent offshoot of the childhood game, dodgeball. 

As ABC’s WXYZ reports, Cameishi Lindley received a phone call from Wayne County Juvenile Court last Wednesday (July 24) informing her that her son, Bryce, was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly aiming at this student on purpose.

“These kids are basically playing a game we all have played,” Lindley said in an interview with 7 Action News. “I couldn’t believe it. This is a kid that was playing on the playground with his friends.”

Then when you find out that they weren’t even aiming balls at each other, but tossing them up in the air, proving intent becomes impossible, it sounds more like sour grapes.

Bryce’s mom, “explained that the game the students were playing saw them throwing dodgeballs up into the air, but it ended when one kid was injured. The incident in question happened April 29 at Ruth Eriksson Elementary in Canton, Michigan. As a result of the incident, Bryce was suspended from school for a day.”

That’s foul, considering it was a mistake.

If that wasn’t bad, enough the parents of the kid that got hit took it to the extreme. They filed charges against Bryce, stating that their son has a medical condition that means head injuries are very dangerous for him. If that’s the case, why was he participating?

The injured boy’s mom went on to say that “He sustained facial tissue damage to his face. He had a black eye and a bruised nose,” she added. Medical records show that he sustained a concussion. “My son was hit twice in the face with a ball previously due to this. The child apologized to my son and my son said ‘mom it’s OK we’re still going to be friends.'”

But friendship has taken a backseat, and the system has begun a new, incredibly ridiculous, case against a Black child, adding “Dodgeballing while Black” to the ever growing list of harassment Black people face on a continual basis. 

Now an innocent young Black boy has become a statistic, and will be forced to endure the harshness of the legal system, all because of a long standing, childhood game and ridiculous parents.

The Juvenile Court date is set for Aug. 1. To help with legal fees, Lindley has set up a fundraiser effort.

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