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No Charges in Texas Rope Burn Incident

An investigation into how a Black Waco, Texas, 12-year-old who ended up with a rope wrapped around her neck during a school trip is officially completed.

KHOU reports that after a review of evidence, the Blanco County Sheriff’s Office said there was no suspicion of any criminal act or intent to harm the girl who received a rope burn from a swing in April.

Live Oak Classical School’s sixth grade students visited a ranch as part of the trip on April 28th and 29th. According to reports, the children were playing on a swing that hung from a tree when the rope somehow ended up wrapped around the child’s neck.

Allegedly the girl told a detective that she stopped pulling the rope with the other children and began watching when it somehow wrapped around her neck. She said the rope dragged her about an inch causing a burn.

A physician that tended to the victim’s wound described it as a first-degree friction burn.

A $3 million lawsuit filed by the child’s family accuses the school of negligence, gross negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The family’s attorney also said the incident was racially motivated.

The child’s mother claimed her daughter was subjected to constant bullying by her white peers who were not disciplined. The lawsuit alleges that a boy repeatedly pushed and shoved the 12-year-old.

But the investigation found there was no evidence of any racially motivated acts toward the victim by anyone at or associated with Live Oak Classical School.

A sheriff’s office report also said the victim’s account of what happened is likely disproven by the evidence.

The sheriff’s office plans to put in a request for the case to be reviewed by a local prosecutor, but the case has been recommended to be closed with no further action.