A white University of Kentucky student filmed hurling racial slurs in a disturbing attack on a black student is considering withdrawing from school, her attorney said Tuesday.
Sophia Rosing, a senior at the school, was arrested Sunday after an altercation with freshman Kylah Spring at a residence hall on campus.
“She’s very embarrassed by what happened,” Fred Peters, Rosing’s attorney, told HuffPost.
“She also has a lot of remorse,” he added.
A spokesperson for the University of Kentucky said the school could “provide no additional information at this time.”
On Monday, Rosing, 22, was charged with the first and second offenses of public intoxication, third-degree assault on a police officer, fourth-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct, the Associated Press reported. . She pleaded not guilty and was released from jail later that day.
A viral video shared on multiple social media platforms shows Spring, who is black, trying to restrain Rosing, who repeatedly calls her the N-word throughout the physical and verbal attack. Spring can be heard asking Rosing, who is white, to stop more than once.
“I don’t get paid enough for this,” Spring said in the video. She worked a night shift as a receptionist at the residence.
In a video recounting the incident on TikTok, Spring accused Rosing of kicking, biting and punching her. She claimed that Rosing also attacked another student during the ordeal. Another one shared video online shows Rosing repeatedly chanting the N-word while being detained by a police officer.
An officer said in an affidavit of arrest that Rosing at one point said that “she had lots of money and (got) special treatment,” the AP reported.
“When I told her to sit on the chair, she kicked me and bit my hand,” the officer said.
Students gathered to condemn the incident at a rally held Monday by the college chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., NBC News reported.
“You will not break my spirit and you will be held accountable for your actions,” Spring said in a speech to Rosing, according to a rally clip. “I only pray that you open your heart to love and try to live life differently and more positively after this.”
Eli Capilouto, the president of the University of Kentucky, wrote in an email Monday to the campus community that the school should be “responsible” for the incident. He called the video of the attack “disgusting and violent”.
“We must never shy away from our responsibility to shed light on racism and hatred where they exist,” he said.
The university said in a separate statement that the incident was under disciplinary review and that the school was following its student code of conduct process. School officials “will continue to share updates as we learn more,” the statement said.