Court upholds conviction of Paris teen

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

PARIS, Tex. -- It was a story that made national headlines in March. Shaquanda Cotton served a year in jail after she apparently shoved a teacher's aide at school. Outrage then ensued in Paris over the way she was treated.

Cotton has tried to overturn her conviction on the grounds that her defense lawyer was inadequate, but a Texas Appellate Court has upheld her felony conviction.

She was freed from a state youth prison in Brownsville after serving a year.

Many people said Cotton's tough sentence was because she was black.

The same judge who sentenced Cotton also sentenced a white teenager to only probation for arson.

Whether or not she will be going back to prison has not yet been determined.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2007 at 03:11 PM
    come on stop the racist crap!! She should never had put her hands on someone. Tho a year was a bit stupid. Did she have priors? Thats why I dont live in Paris too much racisms. We are all GODS childern. I agree with the boot camp comment. That would be better jail does something awwful to people.. Makes them bad. I say send her to boot camp
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2007 at 09:45 AM
    lock her and her mother up..obviously this girl has some lessons to learn.....and it starts at home......lock em up they'll learn
  • by Bo Location: Lone Grove on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:29 AM
    You arrest a white person and we do not cry rasism, but arrest a black person (AND OH BOY) here comes rasism. It does not figure, does it.
  • by judy Location: denison on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:21 AM
    i think her one year in youth jail is enough we have alot more others that have done worse and have gotten away with it. recently 2 17 year old boys fighting in the middle of the night with other teenager then go after them in a car and shot at them injuring 2 younger boys ages 14 and 15. these boys that shot at were bailed out with a 10,000 bail. what is this? my kid would sit it out. why? because he should have been at home in bed were is the parents where is the rules huh? too much freedom parents let their teens run all over them yes the girl did wrong but she paid for that minor incident. what i'm saying is what she did was far minor to what these boys did.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2007 at 07:16 AM
    This young lady (and I use that term loosely) seems to lay blame for her actions on others. If her lawyer was inadequate then why wait a year to bring that to the attention of the court. If the mother can't teach this child right from wrong, then the court has to do the teaching. Life sure was a lot less complicated when the teachers or principal of the schools could bust the bottoms of the problem child. I say we go back to that, "spare the rod and spoil the child".
  • by USMC Location: Antlers on Jul 10, 2007 at 07:01 AM
    It doesn't matter what race a child is they must learn from an early age that pushing an adult is not ACCEPTABLE behavior. If this is not taught at home then it should be taught in court and later in the penal system. I think this was a splendid opportunity for the judge to show this child where her life was headed while it was still in the juvenile system and see if she turns herself around. The next would be to give her a choice at 18 of prison or USMC boot camp LOL. I'd like to see her push a drill instructor
  • by Daisy Location: Paris on Jul 10, 2007 at 06:53 AM
    I work in administration at PISD, this young woman has a history of being a difficult child. This is not the first time she's created her own problems with the help and approval of her mother.Race has nothing to do with it. If more parents would use discipline and teach their children the correct way to behave, there would be less problems in our schools and society. When a child acts out and is defended by the parents it promotes more bad behavior in all races. As far as racism is concerned, the blacks are just as racist if not more than any other ethnic group. Get a grip, stamp out all racism.
  • by Greg Location: Denison on Jul 9, 2007 at 05:50 PM
    The saddest part of this story is that the girls mother wasn't sent to prison also. Not only did she fail to instill the proper values & standards that we all must possess in order to co-exist peacefully in our society, she apparently is unable to teach her daughter that ANY action results in consequences, and once a person takes whatever action they choose, they are then accountable for it, and must accept the consequences of their actions, be it positve, or as in this case, negative. It is not an easy task to admit to ourselves & our family & friends that we have done something wrong. It calls attention to our flaws & weaknesses when we accept the responsibilities of our actions, thereby admitting we did wrong. It is much easier to try to place the blame somewhere else, ANYWHERE else, & this is an indication of the parents failure to live up to their responsibilities that are part of bringing children into this world.
  • by Sandi Location: Paris on Jul 9, 2007 at 03:18 PM
    Hmm NOW the facts that the school board kept quiet out of concered for this student's privacy are coming to life, we find that this woman was in trouble often and a bully. If her mother hadn't pushed the issue, Ms. Cotton wouldn't have recieved such a harsh sentence. Who's more at fault a mother who condones her child irresponsible action or the child who is raised to be irresponsible?
  • by Concerned Location: Citizen on Jul 9, 2007 at 03:13 PM
    I totaly agree with White Teacher's comments. Everything speaks for itself if you look at the stats. I live in Cooke County and would love for state officials to come in and audit our arrests, convictions, and sentences handed down in our community between the different ethnicities. I think the report would be an eye-opener for everyone!
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