A 17-year-old girl who recorded herself coughing on a Rock Hill, SC police officer and posted it on social media, could face up to 10 years jail time.
On April 6, at 7:47 p.m., Rock Hill Police Officers responded to Lige Street Park in reference to numerous females fighting. When officers arrived, they began to separate the females to investigate the incident.
During the investigation, officials say a juvenile female was purposely coughing on and near two Rock Hill Officers.
Later, officers were made aware that a video, recorded by the girl herself, was circulating on social media.
Police say what you see in the video is not a laughing matter. “We have a 17-year-old juvenile female who went on Facebook live and went and coughed on the officers and laughed about it,” said Lt. Michael Chavis with the Rock Hill Police Department.
Once the video made the rounds on social media, it quickly became serious business. That’s because they say the girl reportedly had the coronavirus and the officers didn’t know it at the time. “A little while later, we get calls saying ‘this is what’s going on, this is what happened and there’s pictures from the juvenile’s social media account saying she was put under 14 day quarantine,” Lt. Chavis said. As for the suspect, she’s under house arrest and could be facing some serious time. “It’s a general sessions misdemeanor and it’s up to 10 years in prison for that charge,” Lt. Chavis said.
Officials say not only did this video confirm her intent to cough on the officers, but also showed the girl took pleasure and found humor in her actions.
This girl’s social media account also contained an issued written doctor’s order for her to be under self-quarantine.
The exposed officers are now under self-quarantine and monitoring for symptoms.
The teen was arrested Wednesday and has been charged with breach of peace high and aggravated. She has since been released to her family and is on house arrest with video monitoring.
“The safety of our officers is a priority,” said Chief Watts. “If someone willingly and deliberately exposes or attempts to expose our officers to the COVID-19 virus, we will fully investigate and bring all the applicable charges. We will take all incidents like this seriously.”