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The prosecutor in Wayne County, Michigan now admits she made a mistake by charging a 10-year-old boy with assault over a dodgeball game. Bryce Lindley was charged last month with aggravated assault after he injured another child during a school dodgeball game.

Dodgeball is a sometimes violent game in which players on two teams throw balls to hit the opposing players to force them out.

The boy's arrest sparked controversy and divided parents on social media. Some parents thought the charge was inappropriate, while others pointed out a child suffered injuries.

The charge was eventually dismissed following the public backlash.

In a letter to the family's attorney, obtained by The Blast, prosecutor Kym L. Worthy wrote, "The charge in this case was a mistake in judgment by this office, even though it was rectified by permanently dismissing the case on July 31, 2019, prior to the first scheduled court proceeding."

Worthy continued, "To be clear, my office will not be refiling this petition, nor was it ever the intent of our office to do so. I have taken this extremely seriously, and concrete steps have already been made. I am currently reviewing the policies and procedures of our Juvenile Division and re-enforcing internal measures to prevent a similar matter from occurring in the future."
 

 

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  • xxxgracious

    Good! I was furious when they first charged him. The other parent is stupid. Said her child suffers from some issues but never stated it to the school or P.E. teacher. Just foolish!

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Kym L. Worthy << should be noted is black and famous for prosecuting former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

  • sunni_daze

    This won't dismiss the trauma and embarrassment this poor child suffered.

  • Fire & Ice

    I hope this little boy ends up with a very nice financial settlement over this bullshit.

  • Yup, I said it

    The White mother claimed her kid had a pre exising medical issue thst made him suspectible to head injuries. Fragile kids like that need to wear helmets and shouldn't play dodgeball

  • http://www.mylifeinlame.com/?m=1 Kimberly

    I'd sue the school too. When I was in school we had to play those games. So yall gone make me play then when I'm pummeling folks and outchea winning, I get a charge?! Nah. Pay up.

  • KLo

    Kym Worthy is nothing but a Tom for the whites . she knew that charge was straight BS.

  • KarmaBackAround

    Dodgeball should not be played..it may be fun but more people have gotten hurt..kids aim for ur face n head n it jus needs to be not played n schools

  • KLo

    exactly

  • Renee26

    Bish you knew better!! Had the public backlash not been bad bish would've let those charges stick.

    These mf's have a classroom to prison cell wish for our black boys

    Fugg her and her half ass rectification!

  • Fire & Ice

    Ikr..everybody needs to cut lil man a check ?

  • Renee26

    She's one of them...doin it for "the man"

    Not excusing Kwame's criminal behavior but referring to the case at hand

  • Renee26

    Cause issa lie

  • KLo

    Exactly!

  • Yup, I said it

    Now they need to pull the prosecutors law license just like they did Mike Nifong with the Duke Lacrosse case. I doubt they will do that. They only pulled his because he,
    went after rich white boys. Since she's targeting black babies they probably make her a judge soon.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Right like when will they stop making MISTAKES when it comes to black peppercorns being arrested charged and sentenced

  • Gloria

    it’s really embarrassing and disheartening that they charged this young boy in the first place. They would have never did that if he was white.

  • chan chan

    Poor baby I’m so glad those charges are dropped.

  • Yup, I said it

    When Blacks stop with the self hate and go back to having a strong family unit. The prosecutor is,a Black female. She must be heavily biased against her own race. The hoodlum gansta, stereotype is so prevalent that its ingraned in even Black folks minds. We need strong families to teach Black pride and we need fathers especially for your boys to teach then how to channel all that testoterone energy into something positive like power washing the house and taking care of appreciating assets.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Wait a minute!!! She was BLACK! And you right we do have a lot of self hate but you right it has be ingrained in some of us

  • Yup, I said it

    Dodgeball is fine. Its teaches these overweight and slow to response kids to put down the video games and cell phones and DODGE! Fatherless kids (black and white) are handicapped by single mother who want to cover their kids in bubble wrap. Its an awesome game to sharpen a child response and reaction time.

  • CookieMobster
  • Nophace

    "When Blacks stop with the self hate and go back to having a strong family unit"

    That's how you start to show that Black Lives REALLY Matter!!! https://media2.giphy.com/media/l3q2XhfQ8oCkm1Ts4/giphy.gif

  • Lovechild

    That’s some real bullshit!

    Where is this boy’s father he should be standing strong next to them!!

  • Indies beauty

    Mom is beautiful and Son is so handsome. I'm happy case was dropped but still in shock they took it that far.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Huuummm so this child has a record?

  • Nophace

    U must have been the victim of one too many dodge balls to the face!

  • MsPam

    Can you see my giving you a standing ovation and loud handclaps?!????????

  • Shawty

    Soooo not to be petty but if the charges were dropped before the case went to court, shouldn't the mom have to return all the money raised on the go fund me account for her son's legal defense. I need my $25 back if it is not used for what we gave it for. I'm just saying!

  • Notatall

    I loved dodgeball as a kid?

  • Shawty

    I think the teacher's should have known that and sat him out.

  • Yup, I said it

    That white woman made that shit up. The school wasn't even informwd of this "medial condition." She claimed her kid had been getting bullied prior by the black kid and made that shit up to justify having that boy charged. Spiteful ass. Any kid that fragile will not be in public school especially without a helmet and other protective gear.

  • KarmaBackAround

    Nawww i was a cheerleader i steered clear but i seen alot of tragedies lol

  • KarmaBackAround

    Theres other games that can teach them that soo. ????

  • Yup, I said it

    Kickball too. There are grown women kick ball leagues now. They be 50 yrs old out there getting it!

  • dru and neil

    I hate dodgeball, I think it’s evil, but they are just kids. He didn’t mean to give that boy a concussion. Thank god common sense came into play and they dropped charges.

  • Yup, I said it

    See the difference it you were smart enough to stay in your lane. You probably were good a volleyball. I would get hit in the face with the ball,because I want a jumper.? The different is these spoiled white kids want to shut the whole,sport down just because they sux at it. Those Poindexters need to find a lane and stick with it.

  • dru and neil

    The boy was handsome, the mom looked a little ratchet IMO. That yarn hair and tattoo brows are not doing her any favors, but I digress.

  • Yup, I said it

    I wasnt the best at dodgeball but I wore Husky in grade school? so the ball probably did hurt as much, Idk.

  • Junkanoo

    The courts are so hard on our kids trying to set them up to fill up prisions later in life.

  • che’lint

    I hated dodgeball I thought it was a cruel way for bullies to hurt me. I would walk into a ball a girl was throwing intentionally, so I would be remove from the game.

  • starbright9449

    She still had to pay her lawyer before it went to trial.

  • dru and neil

    Certain kinds of personalities like dodgeball, they get to justifiably hurt people.

  • dru and neil

    Lol

  • MsSapphire9800

    It is so sad...now we charge babies with crimes that they are unaware of. If your child is to sick to do physical activites and need to wear a helmet...get a doctor note and inform all teacher and the guidence counselor. They paraded this baby around like a common criminal...now want to apologize...no I will not accept your apology..your office had a choice!!!

  • Li-Wright

    I work for a school system that doesn't allow dodge ball. I believe the charge was "felonious" which is absurd. Kids even get mean when they play soccer. They are kids. They have emotions. When I have to sub at physical ed classes, kids all the time run up to me crying about another student that threw the ball too hard, or wouldn't give them the ball, or tripped them. I have to play referee. Most times I have both students sit out the class.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    If more people became outraged a.d spoke up about injustices done to our people (instead of some blacks going along to get along) so many people wouldn't be railroaded by the system.

  • Yup, I said it

    Yeah, they can also make the dodge balls softer like a foam type nerfball.

  • MsSapphire9800

    She was a circuit judge prior to becoming the first Black Woman to hold her current position.

  • Marlika

    The mother should file a complaint with the States Bar Association!!???

  • And then there is that!

    We rocked some kids at our family reunion. We played dodgeball kids vs. adults. The kids was big mad they lost. That cause these kids are soft cause all they do is play video games. It's called dodgeball for a reason. The object of the game is to do what..dodge the ball. If you can't understand the concept not to get hit then you shouldn't be playing.

  • My Thoughts

    Agreed! This retracted ?? statement was only after much dismay of the public's anger. The initial charge was calculated by the prosecutor and not an automated formality.

  • Lovechild

    We need more black fathers standing side-by-side as a united family.

  • 100milesperhour

    LOL...power washing the house.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I agree. Women are out here fighting for themselves, other women, men and their children while some of these "fathers" are resting their heels. Smh. Darn shame.

  • Lovechild

    Actually it’s an embarrassment. The men in my family get upset watching the news they always say “where they daddy at?!” And because many racists assume the average black kid has a father who doesn’t give a damn they want to try them more. I guarantee if that poor little boy had an involved father who their teachers knew they wouldn’t be trying that shit!

  • Lovechild

    You’re right this current generation of little kids are weak.

  • And then there is that!

    Weak as hell I tell ya! Allofem

  • Lovechild

    We make them get their asses out in the yard and play kickball.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    You are absolutely right! Society (including other blacks) stay trying black kids where they know the dad or a strong male figure, isn't involved. They do that because they're cowards. They wouldn't have done this to a boy, who they knew his father was going to come for their àss.

  • Lovechild

    I know this from personal experience when my dad showed up at school the teachers straightened up and the other little girls that were fatherless they caught more hell from the teachers those are the facts.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Yep. You have some really good teachers out here but then you have the rest. The rest are the ones who get personal enjoyment out of making a childs life hell or getting other kids to do it, so it won't look like it's coming from her/him. Fathers use to be more involved when I was in school. You would see just as many fathers there as mothers but now the entire "parent/teacher conference" or school auditorium is mostly mothers, aunts and grandmothers. If the women don't show up, the child/children won't have any support. Some of these fathers would prefer to sit in a barbershop around a bunch of men or in a nail salon waiting for their woman to get her nails done, then spend a few hours a month, at their childs school and society tolerates it, makes excuses for it and blames the mothers. Smdh.

  • Lovechild

    Come out to Cali. Most of the BW are single mothers. And at elementary schools when you do see a black male most of the time he has swirl kids I’m ashamed it’s come to this. So many black children are unprotected by their fathers during their formative years.

    But you’ll see all the baby daddies standing in line to get new kicks. Or a new game. Or in line the club. Their priorities are fucked up.

    Some of these males think it’s cute to not be there for their children but everybody gets old that’s why you got a lot of older homeless black males dead ass on the streets out here from LA to San Francisco. They didn’t do for their kids. The kids get grown and say fuck you dad.

  • Rhondalousey

    Oh shut the fck up.

  • Lovechild

    Make me. I’m legally protected. ?If your nutty azz ran up IRL you’d be in the hospital.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    True! They leave EVERYTHING on the mothers and live like they dont even have kids all through their youth, as if those kids will never be grown and the tables won't turn. Its sickening and sad as hell how these feathers abandon their children without any remorse or concern of the damage it will cause the child.

  • Rhondalousey

    We'd be laying in there side by side.

  • Lovechild

    Cali is their karma. Have you been out here?

    Tent cities downtown LA tents in the middle of sidewalks in Frisco, tents near freeways in Oakland tons of homeless black males. I’ve spoken to many of those ass out on the sidewalk homeless black males. Most all of them have kids. Kids who won’t help take care of their deadbeat asses.

    Of course I don’t give them a damn penny I don’t give males money!!

    The mistake many deadbeat baby daddy’s make is they refuse to look to the future because every seed grows!!

  • Vonda K

    I thought this was Lil Boosy

  • The Last Word

    The person who sought to prosecute the kid was a woman. I guess she wasnt fighting too hard.

    This is also the same Kim Worthy who kept White Boy Rick in prison long after he should have been released, payback for him embarassing members of Coleman Young's administration.

  • The Last Word

    Google Kim Worthy and White Boy and see what pops up.

    She's a terrible prosecutor.

  • Yup, I said it

    She is a shame and disgraced...what a bitxch.

  • wigmon68

    I'll leave whether she believes she made a mistake up to her, but they weren't playing dodge ball nor any game when the incident occurred according to the police investigation.

  • Maxima

    Of course this was overkill by the prosecutors office; however, the injured boy was: special needs, bullied and injured.
    I am glad the black child got off; BUT, this is a teaching moment for young black boys (and increasingly girls): you cannot do what the white kids do, life ain't fair esp. if your skin is black so DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WANT THEM TO DO UNTO YOU.

  • wigmon68

    The prosecutor is an african american and didn't know the race of any of the participants involved when when she issued the charging order.

  • And then there is that!

    Even more of the reason he shouldn't be playing a game of dodgeball if he has special needs. But you're also right, he was targeting him, you know why? Let me answer for you, that is the object of the game target your opponent and rock'em period. Is your job not to get rocked. If you can't take the game, it's simple don't play?????

  • Brooklyn23

    How injured was the boy

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    The mother of the injured child said he was predisposed to injury.
    My question is why did she allow her child to play dodgeball?

  • chris

    Why is it that whenever black kids get in trouble their face us plastered everywhere? Thought the identity of children was to be protected.

  • chris

    I'd be more embarrassed if I was the other kid personally...

  • Cannelle

    Black people and other non-whites are often complicit in racism, especially in law enforcement. The system itself is racist; how can one involved in that system not be a part of the racism, even unintentionally?
    Michelle Alexander touches on this in her book the New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

  • Carrington

    Kym Worthy did this?!?!

  • SpiceGirl
  • Plugg62208

    Unfortunately, they can't wipe this event off this innocent childs psyche.

  • sunni_daze

    That's kids parent should be embarrassed, for being a cry-baby ass.

  • Shawty

    So is it due back to her now that it didn't go to trial?

  • Sebastian Johnson

    Really...you can get a charge for dodge ball...Man this world is falling apart!

  • Sircaput

    And you are a reason why kids these days are so soft!

  • KarmaBackAround

    I agree!

  • Torres Kim

    From what I heard they were not playing dodgeball, the game was to jump up and catch the ball..noone is actually supposed to be getting hit with the ball...charges may have been extreme but I think it is important to know actual details to keep from sensationalism

  • ShWa

    Truth.

  • ShWa

    I hope the mother sues all involved for putting her family especially her son through this fuckery.

  • MocaPretty

    If the child has medical issues the school should excuse him from participating in physical activities of this nature PERIOD. Neither the accused or the victim should never had to have gone through this - the adults should take responsibility for this BS!

  • MocaPretty

    the reason is bc wyte America have to keep black America in an unfavorable light to keep up with their delusional rhetoric that anything black is bad. That's why when wyte ppl do ish we need to dig for pics and blast them everywhere

  • teather

    SUE Those mfers for everything you can get. False arrest. CIvil rights, everything F*ck they're beyotch a$$ apologies. They're traumatized this boy. Today's whimpy a$$ parents need to get their boys and girls to grow some balls. Somebody gets you this time; you get them next time, just when their memory has gone of the occurrence and they think you've forgotten.

  • Indies beauty

    Lol nonetheless, she has a beautiful face to me.

  • Not a Housewife & Neither RU

    I would sue the mama, the police department, the school (cuz they cooperated) and the prosecutor specifically and then the city in general...OH EVERYBODY bout to catch this litigation

  • Not a Housewife & Neither RU

    same!!!! and when are there going to repercussions for these white ppl FALSELY filing these reports, calling the police for no reason and wasting tax payers money. Shoot I got charged $250 cuz my security system malfunctioned and the fire dept came out for a false alarm. You mean to tell me - there's nothing in place to deter ppl from using law enforcement just cuz theyre upset???

  • Rhondalousey

    Excuse me, if a kid has special needs seems like he didn't get much of a choice in the matter. It has nothing to do with being soft.