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Woman Arrested After Viral Video Depicts Racist Tirade At Community Pool

Stephanie Sebby-Strempel allegedly told teens at the pool they didn't belong, and hit one as he walked away. 

By Jon Silman
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A South Carolina woman was arrested after allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old black teen and yelling racial slurs at his friends in an angry outburst caught on a viral video.

Stephanie Sebby-Strempel, 38, from Summerville, has been charged with one count of third degree assault for hitting the teen and two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer, according to an arrest report obtained by Oxygen.com. The pool incident happened on June 24, and Sebby-Strempel allegedly pushed and bit the officers when she was arrested the next day.

"We had video evidence of the assault on the juvenile," Dorchester County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Tony Phinney told Oxygen.com, "and the evidence was undisputable so we quickly investigated the act."

The teen and his friends and family were invited to the Reminisce subdivision pool in Summerville by a family who lives there, the report said.

The video, posted on Facebook, appears to capture the confrontation.

Before they even get into the pool, Sebby-Strempel tells them they don't belong and that they should leave.

“Get out,” she yelled at them in the video. “Get out now.”

The report said the teens were respectful and said "Yes Ma'am" and started to go. That apparently wasn't enough for Sebby-Strempel, who started calling the teen and his friends racial slurs and "punks."

“There’s three numbers I can call,” she said, holding up three fingers. “911.” Then, she swung at the teen twice as he walked away from her. He did not react.

He was hit in the face and chest, the report said, and he later said he had minor chest pain. He was checked out and cleared by emergency medical personnel.

The next day, officers went to Sebby-Strempel's house to arrest her for the assault. She started resisting, the report said, and pushed one of the arresting detectives into a wall, injuring his knee. She then bit another detective on his right arm, breaking the skin.

Sebby-Strempel was booked into the Dorchester County jail on a bond of $65,000, according to Phinney. She bonded out the next day. 

[Photo: Facebook, Dorchester County Sheriff's Office]

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