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Woman Allegedly Tells Black Teen to Leave Pool, Hits Him

South Carolina woman charged with assault, resisting arrest
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2018 2:22 PM CDT
Stephanie Sebby-Strempel   (Dorchester County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A white South Carolina woman was arrested and charged with assault after allegedly telling a 15-year-old black boy and his friends to leave a subdivision pool, then hitting the teen, police say. Stephanie Sebby-Strempel, or "Pool Patrol Paula" as she's become known online, told the teens "they did not belong and they had to leave," according to an incident report cited by the News & Observer. The boy says he and his friends were leaving when she followed them, called them racial slurs, and hit the boy in his face and chest. In a video of the incident posted online, the woman can be heard saying "get out," threatening to call 911, and calling the boys "little punks."

"Sebby-Strempel is clearly the aggressor in the assault even going as far as to continue to assault the victim as he was walking away from her," the incident report says. Sebby-Strempel, 38, is also charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest; police say when they came to arrest her Monday on the charge of hitting the teen, she bit one officer on the arm, breaking the skin, and pushed another officer into a wall and hurt his knee. The teen's family says he had been invited to the pool by a friend who lives in the subdivision, WCSC reports. "No child including mine or anybody else’s ever, ever, deserves ... to be struck not once, not twice, but three times by someone that is upset because of the color of someone’s skin, and they don’t belong at their swimming pool," says the boy's mother. (Nicknames given out in similar incidents include BBQ Becky and Permit Patty.)

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