My thanks to Sharon’s Muse ( for this story of perverted justice. Please, let’s all show our support of young Shaquanda. She needs our prayers, our letters, and our voices to speak up for her in her hour of need.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Free Shaquanda Cotton

A 14-year-old black girl is entering her second year of a 7-year sentence for SHOVING A HALL MONITOR who sustained no injuries. OK, the girl was wrong to shove the woman in the first place, but 7 freaking years?!!! Until this ruling, Shaquanda had never been arrested before. She is not due to get out until she is 21. She is going to spend the remainder of her teen years behind bars with actual felons. If you don’t understand the whole picture, note that the same judge who gave Shaquanda seven years just gave probation to a white teenager for arson. Probation. You see the picture now?

When I read this, I had to take a moment to breathe it was so fucking upsetting. It’s 2007, not 1937, but obviously Paris, Texas is unaware of that fact. What is also maddening is that the harsh sentence appears to be retaliatory because Shaquanda’s mother was very vocal about the rampant racism at the girl’s school. Once her mother started speaking up, Shaquanda found herself being written up for things like having her skirt an inch too short or filling her art cup to the brim. Based on these pitiful write-ups, in addition to the shoving, her teachers and administrators recommended that she be sent to prison.

Shaquanda has a blog with mailing addresses to the judge and governor, and I’m listing them here, also. I am appealing to all of you who read this blog to actually put pen to paper and protest this travesty. And if you have a blog, please pass on the info below. If nothing else, we have the power of the pen and keyboard. Truly, if you choose to remain silent, you are basically saying that what is happening to this child is OK.

Shaquanda receives mail at:
Ron Jackson Correctional Complex,
Unit 2, Dorm 4
P.O. Box 872
Brownwood, Texas 76804

Paula Mooney is urging that protest letters be sent to Judge Chuck Superville, who handed down the sentence:

Honorable M.C. (Chuck) Superville, Jr., Judge
Lamar County Courthouse
119 North Main
Paris, TX 75460
Phone # 903-737-2410
Fax # 903-785-3858

Letters can also be sent to Texas Gov. Rick Perry through his website.

Read the Chicago Tribune story that brought this travesty to national attention.Addendum: Here is information to contact Governor Rick Perry:

Mailing Address
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

Delivery Address
Office of the Governor
State Insurance Building
1100 San Jacinto
Austin, Texas 78701

Citizen’s Opinion Hotline: (800) 252-9600
[for Texas callers]

Citizen’s Assistance and Opinion Hotline: (512) 463-1782
[for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers]

Office of the Governor Main Switchboard: (512) 463-2000

Office of the Governor Fax: (512) 463-1849


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  1. Texas doesn’t care if I protest from out of state.

    What are her attorneys doing? Has there been an appeal? Does her family need help getting her representation?

    This is every parent’s nightmare. I’m posting links to this everywhere I can but it would be good if there was some more useful way us from out of state could help.

  2. madashell

    Boycott Texas:

    That oughta get their attention.

  3. Ann


    Welcome to the blog world.

    And thank you so much for your comment.

    I agree that letter-writing can only do so much, but, boycotts definately make people sit up and take notice.

    I have gone online to track down companies that have residence in the state of Texas, and other goods and services.

    I aim to compile a comprehensive list to post at my site.

    It’s funny. You never think of these things (business entities) until something of such magnitude occurs. And my search of Texas-based companies, will include the big and the small.

    And you are right.

    The wrongs done to black people, will eventually find their way to EVERYONE.

  4. Ann


    Thanks so much for your comment.

    I agree with you on an attorney’s appeal.

    This young lady has lost a year of her life, a year she will never get back.

    I will post a comment at her blog site to ask how, if any, are the appeals going for her if her attorney has entered any.

  5. G

    What are the answers to PLLogan? I am very concerned about my young sister. I am always concerned about my sisters and brothers period. I would like to know the answers to pllogan because I would like to help in any way that I can. I will post this blog everywhere possible as well as forward it to attorneys and judges that I know and ask them to do the same.

    What are the updates?

    thank you for spreading this.


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