Texas Teen to Go Free After One Year, Protests

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Officials in Paris, Texas, announce that authorities will free 15-year-old Shaquanda Cotton, who has spent a year in juvenile detention for pushing a hall monitor at her school. The monitor is a state employee.

Cotton's incarceration drew national attention that led to protests this week outside the county courthouse. The teenager had received an indeterminate sentence that could have kept her in youth prison until she turned 21.

Some civil rights groups — and Cotton's mother — say that the sentence was far out of proportion - and that racism was behind it. Shaquanda Cotton is black.

Melissa Block talks with Howard Witt, senior correspondent for The Chicago Tribune, whose reporting earlier this month drew wide attention to the case.



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