The white University of Kentucky student who was filmed assaulting black students will voluntarily withdraw from college, her attorney told NBC News on Tuesday morning.
“She’s going to retire from college today or tomorrow,” attorney Fred Peters said of 22-year-old Sophia Rosing, a senior citizen who was captured on viral video repeatedly hurling a racial slur and physically attacking two black students Sunday.
“She’s a very, very embarrassed and humiliated young woman,” he said.
Peters added that he’s “putting her on some sort of treatment program and sensitivity program to help her through this.”
He said Rosing would receive treatment for “several things” but declined to give further details.
“She’s going to get help, that’s all I can say,” he said.
A university spokesperson said school officials had no comment at this time.
Rosing’s voicemail was full and she did not immediately respond to a text, email or Facebook message.
Rosing was captured on video assaulting Kentucky freshman Kylah Spring, who was working the front desk of a dormitory on campus when the incident unfolded early Sunday.
The video shows Rosing – who appears visibly drunk and having trouble standing – punching Spring while repeatedly calling him a racial slur. Later in the video, Rosing tries to kick Spring and hit another student – who also appears to be a black woman – as they try to restrain Rosing and put her in a chair, although it’s not clear if she actually hit either. Rosing also attempts to load Spring with a basket in the video.
The video ends by showing a white police officer handcuffing Rosing in the dorm as she continues to repeat the racial slur and struggles to stay upright. During the arrest, she kicked and bit a police officer and told him she had “lots of money” and was getting “special treatment”. according to a police report.
Police arrested Rosing just before 4 a.m. Sunday for intoxication in a public place, third-degree assault on a police officer, fourth-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct, an online county detention center file showed. by Fayette.
She was held on $10,000 bond before being released on Monday evening, following a court appearance in which she pleaded not guilty and waived a formal indictment, WLEX reported. .
As a condition of his release, a judge ordered Rosing to have no contact with Spring, to stay away from the dorm where the assault occurred and not to consume alcohol, WLEX reported.
She is due back in court on November 15, her lawyer said.
University officials announced on Monday that a student conduct review process was underway following Rosing’s arrest. The university president condemned Rosing’s actions in an email to students on Sunday.
On Monday evening, hundreds of students gathered at a rally organized by the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity to support Spring and condemn racism on campus, NBC WLEX Affiliate of Lexington, Kentucky, reported.
At the rally, Spring said she would not give in to her attacker.
“To Mrs. Rosing: You won’t break my spirit,” Spring said to applause.
“You will not break my spirit and you will be held accountable for your actions,” Spring continued. “I only pray that you open your heart to love and try to live life differently and more positively after this.”
The comments came after Spring said, in tears, that she “was physically, verbally and racially assaulted by Jane Doe, aka Sophia Rosing”, referring to Rosing’s refusal to identify herself to police, which which led to her being imprisoned as “Jane Doe”. “, showed an online recording from the Fayette County Detention Center.
A University of Kentucky spokesperson confirmed Rosing’s identity to NBC News on Sunday.
Spring told the rally that Sunday’s assault highlights “a recurring problem in and across American school systems, regardless of age,” she said. “I am deeply saddened by the events that have taken place, but I am very grateful for the justice to come.”
Spring did not immediately return a request for comment.
The University of Kentucky has experienced several incidents of racism on campus that have targeted black people in recent years.
In 2020, the university banned a basketball fan of all future sporting events after he shouted a racial slur – the same used by Rosing – at a supporter of a visiting team. The fan – Ashley Lyles, who apologized in statement to NBC affiliate WLEX from Lexington — was not a student, a university spokesperson said.
In the past, some students have also complained of a mural on campus, from 1934, which depicted what some said were enslaved black people. The mural was covered up for more than a year as officials debated how to handle it before it was unveiled again in 2017 with a plaque next to it providing context on its history, the concerns that had raised about her over the years and the way the university was working to ensure a more inclusive environment.
A spokesperson said the university announced its intention to delete it after the 2020 murder of George Floyd and the building that houses the mural has been closed since then.
In 2008, a University of Kentucky student and another man were arrested and charged with hanging a life-size portrait of President-elect Barack Obama from a tree on campus, an act that university officials have condemned. A grand jury declined to indict the couple.
Spring added at the rally that she stood in solidarity with her fellow black students: “To my black British community: I see you, I feel you and I am with you. I matter, you matter and we matter,” she said. “We will be stronger.”
She urged her peers to “continue to face this situation with grace and humility, to hold our heads up high and to lean on each other as we heal ourselves and our community.”
“I would like to leave you with a piece of advice,” Spring continued. “As Michelle Obama once said, when they go down…”
“We’re going high,” chanted the crowd in response.