Black boy, 15, who was assaulted by white woman dubbed ‘Pool Patrol Paula’ who made him leave a community pool reveals he is in counseling to deal with the unprovoked attack
Darshaun ‘DJ’ RocQuemore Simmons, 15, spoke out about 38-year-old Stephanie Sebby-Strempel for attacking him at a pool in Summerville, South Carolina last month
Darshaun said he and his friends were leaving the pool when Sebby-Strempel started hitting him and called him the N-word – ‘She just started hitting me … It was shocking’, ‘She called me the N-word and she called me a punk’
Sebby-Strempel was seen in a cellphone video hitting Darshaun severing times and threatening to call the police on him and his friends as they walked away
Darshaun said he is in counseling to help him process the assault
Sebby-Strempel was fired from her job and charged with third-degree assault and two counts of assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest
Released from jail on $65,000 bond and is expected back in court on August 13.
Faces 30 days in jail, the maximum penalty for assault on a minor, if convicted
Video shared on social media captured Stephanie Sebby-Strempel [left], 38, smacking 15-year-old Darshaun RocQuemore Simmons [right], and kicking him out of a pool in Summerville, SC., last month.
A black teenager who was assaulted and racially-abused by a white woman at a South Carolina pool is speaking about the incident revealing that he is in counseling to help him process the attack.
Cellphone video shared on social media captured the moment Stephanie Sebby-Strempel, 38, smacked 15-year-old Darshaun RocQuemore Simmons and kicked him out of a pool in Summerville last month.
The teen told CBS News he was invited to the pool by a friend and as they were leaving Sebby-Strempel attacked him.’
Sebby-Strempel from South Carolina is facing assault and battery charges after and then biting an officer during her arrest. Stephanie Sebby-Stremple was caught on camera last month as she berated and appeared to strike ‘DJ’ Simmons. ‘GET OUT!’ the angry totally unhinged white woman spat out as she is seen repeatedly hitting the black teen at the pool.
According to Darshaun, Sebby-Strempel demanded he and his friends leave so they did.
‘We said, “Yes, ma’am.” When I started walking out she just started hitting me. … It was shocking,’ he said.
‘She called me the N-word and she called me a punk’.
Darshaun’s seen with his parents is speaking out on the trauma of the unprovoked assault by an adult. They believe he was attacked by Sebby-Strempel because he is black
She was charged with third-degree assault and two counts of assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest
Darshaun said he recorded Sebby-Strempel because he was afraid people would believe her over him. When the teen showed the video to his parents, they were furious. They believe Darshaun was targeted by Sebby-Strempel because he is black.
‘It hurts. I could never imagine putting my hands on somebody else’s child,’ his mother, Deanna RocQuemore, said.
Darshaun’s father, Bryan, told CBS that he was upset none of the other adults at the pool helped his son.
‘Of all of those adults there, there was nobody to step up and stop this lady,’ he said.
Sebby-Strempel, dubbed #PoolPatrolPaula, was charged with third-degree assault and two counts of assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest.
According to Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Maj. Tony Phinney, Sebby-Strempel became aggressive when officers tried to serve an arrest warrant.
Phinney said the 38-year-old pushed a detective into a wall and bit another detective’s arm. Both suffered minor injuries.
‘I learned how to handle it again if I have to deal with it,’ the teen said, when asked how counseling was helping him cope. He said he also learned that he has a ‘lot of discipline and self-control’.
Darshaun’s parents said they believe he was attacked by Sebby-Strempel because he is black.
The incident report stated Sebby-Strempel [photo], is ‘the aggressor in the assault even going as far as to continue to assault the victim as he was walking away from her’
In the video she’s seen berating Darshaun and his friends and swiping at Darshaun’s camera.
‘How does that feel,’ she said, yelling at the teens to ‘Get out!
‘There are three numbers I can dial,’ she asserted. ‘9-1-1.’
The incident report stated Sebby-Strempel is ‘the aggressor in the assault even going as far as to continue to assault the victim as he was walking away from her’.
Sebby-Strempel was fired as a contractor by the skin care company Rodan + Fields as a result of the assault saying its decision was made after a review of ‘law enforcement statements’.
In an earlier tweet, the company said it was reaching out to Sebby-Strempel about their corporate values.
‘We do not condone violence of any kind and pride ourselves on embracing inclusion and acceptance of all,’ the post read, in part.
She was released from jail on $65,000 bond and is expected back in court on August 13. If she is convicted, she could face the maximum penalty for assault on a minor which is 30 days in jail.
Her lawyer told CBS News ‘there certainly are two sides to every story’.