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21 Oct 2023
John Derbyshire

NextImg:White Woman Refuses To "Forgive" Black Teen Who Beat Her Savagely, Won't Help Defense Lighten Sentence

You know the story; you've seen it a hundred times. White American suffers some assault, injury, or loss as a result of a vicious attack by a black person. The victim tells the news outlets he or she totally forgives the perp, understands his or her frustration as a member of a disadvantaged minority, and refuses to press charges, or pleads for a lighter sentence.

I don't know about you, listener, but those stories make me want to throw up. Imagine the pleasure, therefore, with which I read this one.

A young white woman named Joan Naydich was teaching in a Florida high school—one which, says the news story "has been besieged by violence in recent years".

Ms. Naydich got a taste of that violence herself when she asked Brendan Depa to stop playing a video game in class. Depa is black, was 17 years old, was 6 ft 6 in tall and weighed about 270 lbs. He beat Ms Naydich unconscious, punching and kicking her as she lay on the ground.

Arrested and charged with aggravated battery, which is a felony, Depa has all sorts of light-sentencing strategies. He can claim autism, and could be sentenced as a youth, not an adult. Most of these strategies depend on Ms Naydich approving them.

Well, she won't. The lady has made it clear she will do nothing to mitigate the penalties Depa may face—possibly as much as 30 years in jail[270-pound student over Nintendo Switch refuses to help defense lighten sentence, by Selim Algar, NY Post, October 13, 2023].

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