‘Pool Patrol Paula’ Fired After Allegedly Assaulting Black Teen
A South Carolina woman was arrested and later fired from her job for allegedly assaulting a black teenager and shouting racial slurs at him.
The video of the incident, dubbing the woman as “Pool Patrol Paula,” went viral on social media this week.
Skin care company Rodan + Fields told Yahoo Lifestyle on Wednesday that Stephanie Sebby-Strempel had been fired. “In accordance with our policies and after assessing statements from law enforcement, this Independent Consultant is no longer affiliated with Rodan + Fields,” the company said.
Sebby-Strempel, 38, was arrested on Sunday at a pool in Summerville, South Carolina, according to WCIV-TV.
The victim, an unnamed 15-year-old boy, was invited to the pool by friends, said the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office.
A woman who was later identified as Sebby-Strempel can be seen in the video telling the boys that they shouldn’t be there, and she told them that they had to leave. Witnesses told deputies that the woman berated them with racial slurs.
A lawyer for the woman said at a bond hearing, “There are … there is certainly more than one side of the story on that charge,” CBS News reported.
In a video posted on Facebook, Sebby-Strempel can be seen slapping the person holding the camera or phone as he walked away. In the video, however, no racial slurs can be heard.
She then can be heard telling him that he’s a “little punk” while telling someone else to leave, WCIV-TV reported. The station reported that the victim wasn’t seriously hurt in the incident.
When Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office detectives went to serve a warrant for a third-degree assault charge at her address, she allegedly pushed one detective into a wall and bit another on the arm, CBS News reported. The bite broke skin.
After the assault on officers, she now faces additional charges. Following Sebby-Strempel’s arrest, she is prohibited from contacting the victims in any way, including via electronic means, court documents said, CBS reported.
“This is a situation that should have never happened,” the victim’s mother, Deanna RocQuermore, was quoted by CBS as saying.
She added: “No child including mine or anybody else’s ever, ever, deserves that type of abuse or treatment. … And to be struck not once, not twice, but three times by someone that is upset because of the color of someone’s skin, and they don’t belong at their swimming pool.”
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