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A Tennessee woman is upset that a video of her 17-year-old stepson curb-stomping another teenager after getting off the school bus is making its rounds on the internet, insisting that he is “not a bad kid.”
The video in question surrounds a 2016 incident involving then 17-year-old Mickal Ladd, an African-American youth who was caught on camera when he assaulted a Caucasian 16-year-old male- striking and head-stomping him before stripping the victim down and beating him with a belt like a whip.
According to stepmother Chloe, she feels that her stepson -who pled guilty to aggravated assault- didn’t do anything that warrants ruining his life with a criminal record and poor reputation.
“My son is not a bad kid, he is a very, honest to God, even though you don’t see it in that video, Mickal has a very big heart, he cares for others,” Chloe said in an interview with a local news station. “But at the same time, he’s taught [sic] his self to protect himself and honestly it’s sad that the world that’s what they are perceiving of my son because that’s not who he is.”
The father of the victim, who released the video, says that his son suffered extensive injuries from the attack and also influenced the decision to homeschool rather than put him back into a volatile school such as Murfreesboro’s Riverdale High.
“[My son] was kicked in the head and suffered a concussion, he does not remember attack to this day,” John, the victim’s father, said. “When we see no remorse in [Ladd’s] face… it worries me about the community.”
Chloe admits her son made a mistake, but feels it shouldn’t bear such heavy consequences- even going so far as to make a race-related statement on the matter.
“A bad mistake has given everyone an opinion and now he’ll just be another little black boy with a felony on his record and nobody cares,” Chloe said. “Nobody cares and that’s the sad part about it, no one will care. No one will care that he’s smart. No one will care that he’s a loving person. No one will care that he wants to do better he wants more for his life no one will care. They’ll just see that one bad mistake.”
According to Fox17, Ladd is currently residing in Rutherford County Jail for Felony Aggravated Assault.
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