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Kentucky Student Arrested After She’s Allegedly Caught On Video Repeatedly Using Racial Slur, Assaulting Black Students

Sophia Rosing is facing charges of intoxication in a public place, third-degree assault on a police officer, fourth-degree assault, and second-degree disorderly conduct.

By Jill Sederstrom
Kentucky Student Arrested After Allegedly Being Filmed Using Racial Slur

A University of Kentucky college student has been arrested after she was allegedly captured on video repeatedly calling a student employee a racial slur and physically assaulting her.

Sophia Rosing, 22, is facing charges of intoxication in a public place, third-degree assault on a police officer, fourth-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct after the disturbing incident on campus Sunday morning, according to jail records obtained by NBC News.

Video of the incident circulating on social media show a woman, identified by authorities as Rosing, repeatedly using a racial slur and striking the young employee—who identified herself on social media as Kylah Spring.

Rosing, who is white, can be seen repeatedly taking swings at the employee and another Black female, who was helping to try to de-escalate the situation.

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“Could you stop?” Spring asks as she tries to restrain her.

“Nope,” Rosing responds, before Spring adds, “I do not get paid enough for this.”

At another point in the video, Rosing appears to try to slam a shopping card into the two women.

A police handout of Sophia Rosing

Spring explained in a video posted to Facebook that she had been working as a desk clerk in one of the campus residence halls when a girl who appeared “very drunk” entered the building around 1 a.m., “stumbled” to the elevator and began talking to the elevator.

“It’s part of our job that if we see a student that’s like very drunk, we are to call an RA … for them to be able to write up a report, or really just to make sure the student gets to where they need to be safely,” Spring explained.

She said she asked the woman, “Are you ok?” and the woman stared at her and used a racial slur. She said the situation escalated when she tried to encourage the woman to sit down and tried to prevent her from entering the elevator until help could arrive.

According to Spring, the woman was “continuously berating” her as she repeatedly hurled racial slurs at her and said things like “do my chores,” called her “ugly” and a “b----.”

During the exchange, she said the woman bit her and punched her in the face.

Police eventually arrived and took Rosing into custody.

“The crazy thing is I love my school, and I want to be successful here,” Spring wrote in another message about the incident. "I didn’t deserve this. I wear my school across my chest everyday and I may have a hard time but I never thought this would happen to me. I matter just as much as the next person! I pray these people hear me and stand with me.

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto acknowledged the incident in a message to the campus community on Sunday, saying that the incident had involved “violence against our students, racial slurs and offensive language.”

“UK Police arrested the perpetrator, who faces criminal charges, and the investigation is ongoing,” he said. “Our Office of Student Conduct also is conducting an immediate review, and our Student Success teams are reaching out to the student victims who were subject to this behavior to offer support.”

After viewing the video, Capilouto said he believed the student victim—who isn’t identified by name in the message—“acted with professionalism, restraint and discretion.”

He added that the video images “reflect violence, which is never acceptable, and a denial of the humanity of members of our community.”

“To be clear: we condemn this behavior and will not tolerate it under any circumstance,” he said. “The safety and well-being of our community has been — and will continue to be — our top priority.”

Rosing is reportedly being held at the Fayette County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

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