Drop felony charges against Joquan. Allow him to graduate with his sister at Paris High.Stop the school to prison pipeline.
  • Petitioning Gary D. Young

This petition will be delivered to:

Lamar County Attorney
Gary D. Young
Superintendent Paris Independent School District
Paul Jones

Drop felony charges against Joquan. Allow him to graduate with his sister at Paris High.Stop the school to prison pipeline.

    1. Brenda Cherry
    2. Petition by

      Brenda Cherry

      Paris, United States

On Feb 2, Joquan Wallace, a student at Paris High School in Paris Texas, asked and got permission from his teacher to use the restroom. Joquan was profiled and followed by the school police officer Joey McCarthy. McCarthy peeped at Joquan under the bathroom stall and when Joquan was returning to class, McCarthy interrogated him as to why he wasn't using the bathroom closer to his classroom. Joquan told him because he had to do number 2. Joquan had permission to go to the restroom. He was not breaking any school rule, nor was he committing a criminal act. The incident ended in Joquan being assaulted and injured by both McCarthy and Paris High Principal Gary Preston. Both said they told Joquan to go to the office and he didn't do what he was told. Both Preston and McCarthy claim they were hit when they were placing Joquan under arrest. Numerous witnesses say Joquan never hit anyone. Joquan ended up with two felony charges and a trip to the emergency room with visable injuries. Neither Preston nor McCarthy had any visable injuries according to Joquans parents. Joquan was a good student with no discipline problems. He had no prior arrests. He excelled in sports and had won sports awards for the school. He was up for scholarships from numerous colleges. He was suspended from school. He will not be allowed to walk the stage to graduate with his class. He may not receive any college scholarships. People should support Joquan because its time to end the School to Prison Pipeline. A students future should not be destroyed over an incident that school officials instigated. Hold School officials accountable for bad behavior. It can help prevent this from happening to other students.

Gary D. Young, Lamar County Attorney
Paul Jones, Superintendent Paris Independent School District
Drop the felony charges against Joquan Wallace. Stop the School to Prison Pipeline at Paris Independent School District.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Chris Ottaviano SICKLERVILLE, NJ
      • 1 day ago

      Cops are criminals

    • Flip Rock NEW YORK, NY
      • 4 days ago

      As a professional music artist with a Master of Arts in criminal law i disapprove of the way the government handles incidents pertaining the youth. Prison is NOT A a resolution but only destroys any chance a youth has to become rehabilitated and only should be reprimanded with a learning life lesson by making them do community service and give them counseling. of some kind.

    • Michael Reed EVANSVILLE, IN
      • 13 days ago

      It's a shame that such an incident could possibly change this guy's whole future.

    • Donna Mellor WESTWOOD, MA
      • 14 days ago

      It hit close to home.

    • Timothy Ray GAINESVILLE, FL
      • 16 days ago

      I do not believe that a white kid would have been treated in this manner.


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