Sophia Rosing, 22, a University of Kentucky student, was drunk. Really drunk; drunl as a skunk, as the saying goes. As she tumbled into a campus dorm lobby, the student at the front desk, Kylah Spring, tried to stop her, because Rosing had not presented her ID. The besotted senior launched into tirade against Spring, physically attacking the young black woman while calling her a “bitch” and a “nigger,” the latter over 200 times.
When campus security arrived, Rosing kicked and bit the officers as they tried to place her under arrest. University Police were finally able to take Rosing into custody just before 4am. She was charged with public intoxication, assault and disorderly conduct.
The incident was, of course, videoed and posted on social media. Rosing is out on bail, but she will certainly face criminal penalties.
Your Ethics Alarms Ethics Quiz of the Day is….
Beyond the criminal penalties, what are fair, just and ethical consequences for Sophia Rosing now?
To put it succinctly, should this episode destroy her life?
The double business and marketing major was fired by fashion brand Dillards had hired her to work for them after graduation. Once her rampage went “viral,”it fired her, saying, “Dillard’s does not condone this behavior. Her relationship with Dillard’s has been terminated immediately.” Black students and other on campus are demanding that Rosing be expelled.
Should any college student have her future permanently scarred by a single incident? Is this episode signature significance for an irredeemable human being? Other details in the news report indicate that she is, at very least, an epic jerk. Still, doesn’t the Golden Rule have some relevance here? Being a jerk in college is not necessarily proof of a lifetime disposition.
In some respects the quiz question is academic. I suspect Rosing’s life will be permanently shadowed by what she did that night in a drunken rage. Calling someone a “nigger,” drunk or sober, is cause for social shunning. What company would hire her? Who will be courageous enough to associate with her? Rosing’s best option may be to change her name, get plastic surgery, gain 50 pounds and move to Bosnia.
Maybe she deserves such a fate. What do you think?