Kentucky student ‘apologetic, humiliated, withdrawing from UK’ after racial tirade

Posted at 1:53 PM, November 8, 2022 and last updated 10:35 AM, February 24, 2023

By Christian LeDuc

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WCPO) — University of Kentucky student Sophia Rosing is “apologetic, humiliated, and withdrawing” from the university after going on a racist, drunken tirade on campus over the weekend, leading to her arrest.

Sophia Rosing (Fayette County Detention Center)

Rosing bonded out of jail Monday night after she was caught on camera calling a University of Kentucky student employee a racial slur while allegedly assaulting her and other students.

Acording to Rosing’s attorney Fred Peters, she is seeking treatment.

Rosing was attempting to enter a campus residence hall around 1am Sunday.

Kylah Spring was working an overnight shift at the front desk of the residence hall when she said she saw an intoxicated woman attempting to enter the building around 1:00 a.m. Sunday.

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“She did not look like a resident, so I did not open the door but when she came in, she stumbled across the front desk into the elevator and she started talking to the elevator,” Spring said in a YouTube video posted by the Kentucky Kernel.

Spring said because of her job, she is required to call a resident advisor (RA) so that they can check on the well-being of the intoxicated person and write a report to document the situation.

L to R: Sophia Rosing and Kylah Spring in a screengrab of the incident. (Courtesy: WCPO)

While waiting for an RA to respond, Rosing allegedly became combative.

“You’re a n***** and you’re a b****,” Rosing said while Spring attempted to keep her from entering the dorm’s elevators.

UK police were called to the dorm and arrested Rosing. She allegedly also tried punching the officer who was trying to arrest her.

While being handcuffed, Rosing can be heard singing the n-word.

Rosing is facing several charges, including two counts of assault, public intoxication, and disorderly conduct.

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The video was originally posted to the social media app, TikTok, by the victim. It has since been deleted but has been reuploaded to other social media sites.

According to the public parts of a Facebook profile, Rosing graduated from Beechwood High School in 2019.

The University of Kentucky said it is investigating the incident.

“We condemn this behavior and will not tolerate it under any circumstances,” the university said in a statement. “The safety and well-being of our community has been and will continue to be our top priority.”

The university said it is conducting an immediate review and have reached out to the student victim to offer support.

UK President Eli Capilouto also released a statement Sunday saying the student worker “acted with professionalism, restraint and discretion.”

Jerome Bowles, NKY NAACP president, said there is no justification for Rosing’s actions, and noted Spring was able to keep her cool the entire confrontation.

“The individual that this act was perpetrated on, the grace and the restraint that she used in terms of this situation here, it shows that she was trained well in her job in terms of how to react to conflicting incidents like this, so she maintained her dignity, and I think that says a lot about her character,” Bowles said.

The attack, he said, is a reflection of where society is. Bowles said UK’s investigation should continue and there should be additional training for facility and staff, as well as more resources on campus, to make clear situations like that will not be tolerated.

Sophia Rosing was bonded out of jail around 6:00 p.m. Monday night. Her parents were present and covered her face as she left.

Rosing appeared in court Monday afternoon and pleaded not guilty through her lawyer and waived a formal arraignment.

Her parents were in attendance.

Her bail was kept at $10,000 cash and her preliminary hearing is on November 15 at 8:30 a.m.

This story was originally published Nov. 8, 2022 by WCPO in Cincinnati, an E.W. Scripps Company.

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