Creola Cotton and Shaquanda Cotton

Thursday, 15 March 2007

Leave Shaquanda Notes of Love!

Please let me know how you feel and add your words of encouragement! You can also write me at:

Ron Jackson Correctional Complex,
Unit 2, Dorm 4
P.O. Box 872
Brownwood, Texas 76804
1125308

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Fredric said...

keep your head up! know that we are all praying for you and making sure no one ever forgets!

i have two younger sisters, but i now feel like i have three.

God bless.

Kimberly Michelle said...

stay strong, don't give up. i have faith that everyone will come together and help you get out of awful situation.

Aneed K. said...

Keep your head up, and dontlose your faith in God. I am praying for you and I just wanted to send you some words of encouragement.Stay strong and God bless.

DKill said...

Don't bow your head, unless it's in prayer. Remember that you are strong and beautiful. God has already given you what you need to get through this. Always know that you have been chosen by God and He knows that you have what it takes to make it through this. This will only make you stronger! Believe in it! Peace and Love little sister.

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Shaquanda, battle those demons of racism by verbally calling on the name and blood of Jesus Christ to defeat them.

We are fighting in the Messiah's Name for you, and He has not forgotten you.

You are His very own daughter, He is protecting you.

Call on your angels that God has sent charge over us in the Name of His Son.

We are acting and we will not rest until justice is served.

IT'S NOT OVER!!!

Lilly said...

stay positive. things might not be so great right now, but they will get better. we are all thinking about you.

Sharmee said...

Please know that GOD is watching over you! I pray that you stay strong in your days and do NOT give in to the devil's temptations. You are a strong BLACK young woman who will get over this set back. GOD puts us through many things, but he always leads us to victory! Do not worry, do not ponder...put it in his hands and he will deliver you out of this. I pray he keeps his angels over you.

Anonymous said...

God is in control! If you believe in Him and trust him He will make all this work out in your favor for your good and HS glory. ROMANS 8:28
Be strong little sister. Stay prayerful and know that there are people out here praying for you.

Anonymous said...

I left the last message.
Nicole Neal

You just remember to stay encouraged.

Anonymous said...

Psalm 31:24 reads: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

I read Psalm 31 (the entire chapter) for 7 days STRAIGHT and it really strengthens the heart and mind. Put all your trust in HIM!!! God Bless and keep you! Don't EVER give up!

Sarah McLean said...

Know that I am not only praying for you, but also writing letters to everyone who's address is on this site. Be expecting a letter from me soon girl!

Tennie said...

Shaquanda,

Psalms 27 has always been my favorite passage in the Bible, & with your situation I am drawn to 4 verses:

1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

6And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

12Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Sweetie, if you can just put all your faith in Jesus, I KNOW he will see you through this. It's often hard, in times like these, to keep praise in the forefront of your mind, but if you can be strong, he will do the rest. I don't know if you can listen to music or not, but I'd like to get you a copy of Shekinah Glory Ministries "Praise is What I Do..." which reminds us that no matter what the circumstance or current situation, NOTHING will stop our praise because ultimately we know that God is in control...& only HE has the last say so!!

God Bless,
Tennie

Vanessa said...

My Dear Little Sister Shaquanda,

You are a princess. Always hold your head high so as to not lose your crown. Only bow your head in prayer.

You have been chosen to carry a mighty burden. That burden is exposing racism and injustice. You can handle this as the beautiful, strong young woman that you are.

Prepare to tell your story when you are released. Because of your plight, many gather in prayer. All praises to God.

Use this opportunity to grow in God, Princess. Learn all that you can. We will not rest until you are physically free.

Peace, Love and Many Blessings.

MissDallas81 said...

My prayers are with you. May God's omnipotent power be shown when you receive proper justice. Stay strong and prayful...for with GOD all things are possible. You can do all things through CHRIST that strengthens you.

God Bless.

Mother said...

Don't give up, Sweetie. We're fighting for you.

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Anonymous said...

HEY SHAQUANDRA I AM WRITING YOU FROM BOSTON, MA ... TRYING TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS NON-SENSE.... YOU ARE A TRUE HERO, YOU ARE GOING TO GO DOWN IN THE HISTORY BOOKS FOR THIS ONE.... YOU DID NOTHING WRONG... PLEASE STAY STRONG GIRL!! OUR PEOPLE NEED YOU TO STAY STRONG. GOD'S WITH YOU, REMEMBER THAT. YOU MAY HAVE FAMILY IN TEXAS BUT NOW YOU HAVE FAMILY EVERYWHERE BECAUSE OF YOUR STORY BABY GURL.

SHANNON P

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Anonymous said...

Hello Shaquanda,

I just found out about your situation an hour ago. Someone emailed your story to me. I have long known how harsh Texas's justice system can be. Please know that I am praying and I will do the best I can to tell others. Also, if you don't mind, I would like to tell you and the visitors to your blog about my dear penpal Charles Nealy, www.anthonynealy.org, who is scheduled to be put to death in Texas this Tuesday, March 20th unless he is granted a miracle--a stay of execution. Charles has long claimed his innocence. I will now add you, your family, and the many, many others who are going through similar situations to my prayer list. Even at our lowest point (God knows I have had my depressing moments) we must remember others as well.

God bless you and may God be with you always.

Sincerely,
Valerie

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Nicholas said...

Keep your head up girl! I know it is hard at a time like this, but you have to keep your faith in the Lord and believe that he will make a change. It is a shame that something like this has happened and all too often it happens to Black people. Keep praying to the Lord. We will be praying for you.

Anonymous said...

I KNOW THIS IS HARD AND YOU MAY NOT THINK YOU WILL GET THROUGH IT...BUT HAVE FAITH IN THE LORD, NEVER LOSE YOUR FAITH HE WILL GET YOU THRU... KNOW THAT HE IS THE STRENGTH OF YOUR HEART AND YOUR ORTION FOREVER... STAY BLESSED..AND PRAY READ THE BIBLE..

Surviving Motherhood said...

There are more and more people all around the world finding out about this terrible injustice everyday who want to help you.

Stay strong and be brave hun, we are fighting for you.

I will be writing you often from the frozen north of Finland.

Anonymous said...

Stay strong sister. Do not let them win by taking your life. You will be victorious over your enemy. Put it in God's hands and He will take care of you and make your enemies your footstool. Keep the faith. Be blessed.

karrie said...

I'm outraged on your behalf.

Hang in there, kid!

Anonymous said...

I have a younger sister but it seems like i have another one that i just found out about. I'm also a mother so i can just imagine what ur mom is going through. But listen to careful Shaquanda don't take your life cause God is looking over you right now.He can see the pain that u r going through an feeling. He is going to be there for you. Call on him an he shall set u free. I just want u to keep ur head up an God first. With much love
Angie B
Huntsville, AL

Anonymous said...

I cant even say I know how you feel but I will say this pray,call on Him,you get your Praise on and let the devil know that he still has not won.You know that you are a child of God..Your blessing are on the way.See you are a Special child and the devil is scared of you so he is trying to take you out but baby a mustered seed of faith is all you need.You will be free and what you learn from this you will be able to help so many other's and it will make you so much stronger.You just keep saying Im a child of God,devil you cant have me.Im still standing...Rita(Duncan SC)

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Shaquanda,
I have been a public school teacher for almost 13 years. In all of that time, I have had very few instances that ended in physical aggression from my students. First let me say that I think you had no right to push a school employee. My experiences, both with working with school employees and being one, have shown me that most of us are underpaid for the loving job we perform on a daily basis. Of course, not knowing the employee or details of your interaction, I cannot say if the lady you pushed fits into this category. Having said that, I understand that you are a child and everyone makes mistakes. It sounds like you are a good person who made a bad decision. I will pray that your youth will not be taken from you and justice will be served. I believe you should be punished for what you have done. ( We ALL have to learn there are consequences!) However, 7 years in prison seems VERY extreme! Good luck in your fight!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shaquanda,

I found this group on Facebook about your story. I read the article and ended up writing to your governor. Even though you're in Texas and I'm in California, keep your head up honey. You got a shitty punishment which surely does not fit the crime. We're all pulling for you. Just know that people outside are pulling for you and trying to put pressure on those who can change the injustice against you.

Don't give up hope. I promise things will get better

Just_April1974 said...

{{~Big Hugs to Shaquanda~}}

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I e-mailed the governor of your state with a big piece of my mind, I hope that it does some good. Don't give up sweety, people are getting the message out! GBU

credo said...

Shauquanda:

Great website..good to see you are using a negative experience into a positive one.

A year in prison is too long for a child. And for pushing a person, it is unthinkable.

Life as pushed you into a corner for a decision you made in one split second. I understand adult not acting irresponsible. I work in the school system.

But maintaining one's cool is what I tell the students. Maintain.

Keep in prayer and mediation. Keep fighting the good fight. We are doing what we can to help you in this battle.

Peace be still

Melanie (Stone) Perry said...

Heartfelt prayers that you may overcome and stand strong against those who try to bring you low.

Your world is dark, and our words cannot fully comfort you; just know that years from now, this time will be but a small mark in your history.

Peace to you and those who love and support you. :-)

Claire said...

Please be strong and positive darling x
My thoughts and prayers are with you and I feel hopeful that justice will prevail.
Lots of hugs and kisses xxx

Anonymous said...

Yes this is a horrible situation and i cant lie and use the cliche "i know how you must be feeling" because i truly dont but i do want you to listen to what others have said and keep trusting in GOD,he will see you through this.

Tosha said...

Shaquanda, I just wanted to send you a little note of love to let you know that am praying for you. I want you to keep your head up, stay encouraged. Pray and trust that God will make a way...because He always does. I have live in Texas all of my life and I am hurt to find out about what happened to you. I pray that you will take good care of yourself and have faith....you are loved!

THE DFW VIEW said...

We support you.
People should also read the African-American News and Issues and its archives. It was the African-American News and Issues that broke the story about Shaquanda.
Please visit www.aframnews.com.

KIMA said...

Babygirl,It fustrates me to hear about are young black people being send to jail for nothing. I'm going to make a small effort to you, I'm going to contact some big people in place that can help you out. Since we all know that god is on your side they will listen to me. Just keeping praying with all your heart and this shall to will come to past. Please DON'T GIVE UP. This situation is not worth your life. When you get out you will be a powerful force for people of all nationalities. WATCH AND SEE

MELVIA NELSON said...

HI, I AM SO SORRY THAT THIS HAPPEND TO U, BUT KNOW THAT A LOTE OF PEOPLE OR STANDING WITH U SO KEEP UR HEAD, GOD BLESS U, FROM MELVIA

Anonymous said...

Guess you learned your lesson then huh? Kids need to be held accountable for the actions they take. jail until 21 is too much, but I suspect you won't be in that long anyway.

Valerie said...

You will be definalty in my prayers. Keep your head up and God will see you through this.

Destiny Dreamer said...

Dear Shaquanda,
I had an idea we could all write your website on dollar bills/money so more can find your site and write people in your behalf.I am writing and going to blog your story everywhere.We will get through to Oprah some way.

My personal opinion is our government has become so corrupt we should not follow the laws and judgments criminals are making or those with prejudice.We all need to pray angels help some help you literally be rescued from your captivity instead of going along with evil "orders".This is why "some" of those captured are "missing" from the system.We all should be uniting to save our children falsely taken from among us to have abusive things done to them.Learn Spanish if you can there.

Be a Light to those who do need you there.

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F.A.T.A.L ONE said...

PLEASE BELIEVE THAT THE LORD WILL NEVER PUT YOU THROUGH MORE THAN YOU CAN BEAR. I REALIZE THAT IS EASIER TO SAY THAN TO BELIEVE, BUT SWEETIE PLEASE BELIEVE IT. I AM GOING TO MAKE SURE TO SPREAD YOUR STORY TO INDIVIDUALS IN FORT WALTON BEACH, FLORIDA. SO THAT WE CAN GET SOMETHING DONE FOR YOU. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP. AND WHEN YOU GET OUT YOU CAN COME DOWN HERE TO THE BEACH AND CELEBRATE WITH US.

Anonymous said...

U need to keep yo head up!!!!

Anonymous said...

Shaquanda-
I'm sorry! Your story is so disturbing to me. I can not believe that we live in a society thats allows convicted sex offenders the opportunity to roam the streets, and we imprision a 14 yr old girl for shoving someone! I know that God is with you and justice will be yours. I found your story so upsetting that I e-mailed CNN'S Nancy Grace. I pray that she will bring you some coverage and more support. Hopefully others will follow my lead and give you the attention you deserve. God Bless you!

Marques said...

I am going to write him right now. This is an injustice to the fullest extent. I will pray for you. We serve a mighty God and he will see you through.

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Teresa said...

I'm Canadian & I read your sad story on another mother's blog. I tried writing to the Governor of Texas using your connection but my email wouldn't go through. I think my Canadian address caused an error.

Your story scares me. My family will never risk going to Texas in case we accidentally step on someone's toe.

Take care.

Mrs Somebody said...

God is a God of justice.You will certainly be released.Hold on and be strong.Take courage do not fear or be dismayed.You will be granted fair hearing and released in due course.People are praying for you.

taydaman said...

This is an utter outrage...As a single dad raising 2 kids alone in washington dc, my fears extends far beyond a pushing/shoving event in a hallway...When we stop seeing our youth RANDOMLY KILLED; when we stop seeing MOMS KILLING THEIR KIDS AND BURYING THEIR BODIES BELOW; When we stop seeing FAMILIES SUFFER AT THE HAND OF A DICTATOR NAMED BUSH, SENDING OUR KIDS OFF TO DIE SENSELESSLY; when we stop HEARING OF OLD MEN KIDNAPPING CHILDREN, ONLY TO FIND THEIR BODIES RAPED AND MUTILATED...THEN and ONLY THEN can we spend precious energy and time on nonsense like what happened to you. I am DEFINATELY contacting the Governor, Judge and whoever else I can to change this. Hang in there, Baby! WE GOT YOUR BACK!!

Christopher Tate
Washington, DC
www.powerinpraise2k2tour.com

Anonymous said...

You are special Girl..You also have a special angel will watch over you. Keep your head up and let God deal with the others. God will work it out, keep praying, stay strong

Anonymous said...

good luck sweety stay strong

Stephanie said...

That judge needs to be replaced.

Stay strong and keep getting your story out. This kind of outrage needs to be heard.

Anonymous said...

This is truly an injustice. Please know that people from many different backgrounds and races recognize that this situation is completely wrong.

KD

Azzaam Abdul- Hakeen said...

I jsut read your story. I am a mixed race male in London England and the crime you are convicted off is no more than being a black female. Any person who shoves another is not usually even dealt with by the police at all, why this monitor called police is beyond me. Keep you head up I will prayer for Allaah to keep you safe in jail and I will prayer for him to send down Jesus in spirit to be withyou in jail as Jesus said those in jail for righteous deeds I will be there with you. Insha allaah (God willing).

remember say your daily prayer and God Allaah will provide.

Salaam aliekum young ma. (may peace be upon you)

Ducky said...

Justice will be rightly served one day and you will have happiness for the rest of your life, keep your head up

Ducky said...

In california will love you and will fight for Social Justice intil the rest of American wakes up and realizes the injustice of the System

Jason said...

Keep your head up. This isnt right and the nation sees it. You are not in this alone. I have you in my prayers. God Bless.

Joyce said...

This is an outrage! Racism is such an evil injustice and must be stopped.
Go is a God of justice, and He will fix this. But it takes faith.
Keep looking to God, because He is your help.

Joyce (and I am white)

Lutetia said...

I'm praying for you too, baby girl. Stay strong & wait on God. Remember that no one is too big & important for Him. I'm going to go to my schools' chapter of Amnesty International & Black Student Association today to see if we can do anything to help.

Y. Carrington said...

Sister---I don't know what I can say to you other than this: stay strong and hold onto faith! Remember there's a power greater than all the bullies and tyrants in the world.

Peace and love, Yolanda

MILK said...

MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU SWEETY I FEEL THAT THIS IS SO UNACCEPTABLE AND SHOULD HAVE NEVER MADE IT TO TRIAL THIS SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN A CASE THIS IS RIDICULOUS WHEN I HEARED ABOUT YOUR STORY I WAS LIKE IS THIS FOR REAL? COME ON NOW,DON'T THEY HAVE REAL CASES AND REAL CRIMINALS?I'M FROM OHIO AND I'VE BEEN WATCHING THIS CASE ABOUT THIS 17YR OLD WHO WAS CHARGED WITH RAPE AND ONLY GOT HOUSE ARREST THE MAGISTRATE FELT THAT THE JAILS WAS TO CROWDED IN WHICH SHE PUT HIM ON A ANKLE BRACELET AND LET HIM GO NOW HER JOB IS ON THE LINE I AGEE WITH THE STATE WHEN THEY SAID SHE COULD HAVE SWITCHED HIM OUT AMONG THE OTHER 17 KIDS IN JAIL WHOM HAD MINOR CRIMES OR SHE COULD HAVE PLACED HIM SOMEWHERE ELSE SHE SHOULDN'T HAVE THROWN HIM A ANKLE BRACELET AND LET HIM OUT DESPITE THE CROWDING SHE COULD HAVE DONE BETTER THAN THAT WHEN HE GOT OUT HE SHOUT HIS EX- GIRLFRIEND IN THE FACE AND DAMAGED HER FACE BADLY AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE A WHOLE LOT OF PLASTIC SURGERY TO RECONSTRUCT HER FACE NOW THIS YOUNG MAN TO WHOM THEY CALL A CHILD IS 17YRS OLD IS GETTING READY TO BE CHARGED AS AN ADULT WHERE AS YOUR CAES SHOULDN'T BE A CASE WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMMING TO I AM GOING TO PRAY THIS IS UNCALLED FOR I MEAN THEY NEED TO WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TO LATE YOU HAVE YOUR LIFE AHEAD OF YOU HERE WE HAVE A CHILD WITH NO RECORD THAT'S YOU AND A 17YR OLD WITH PRIORS YOU HAVEN'T DONE A THING THERE BLOWING THIS ALL OUT I'LL BE THINKING AND WISHING THE BEST FOR YOU KEEP YOUR HEAD HIGH I KNOW IT'S EASIER SAID THEN DONE BUT YOU HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE IN YOUR CORNER GOD WILL FINE A WAY UN TIL I GOT YOUR BACK

Arlene Gillespie said...

Shaquanda,
Sweetheart keep your head up. Don't give up on God!!! He will never leave you nor forsake you. I know it seems as though he has forgotten about you but I promise he has not. Sweetie keep praying everyday all day. We are all praying for you and I will continue to do whatever I can to help in the fight to free you from that place.
To GOD be the glory!
Arlene

Anonymous said...

Shaquanda
Yes it was wrong to push the hall monitor but was was even worse was this sentence which the court placed apon you! EVERYBODY MAKES MISTAKES! Keep your head up and whatever you do dont give up! They want to see you quit, they want to see you hurt yourself, they even want to see you back in jail when you get out! Remember, God WILL NEVER put more on you than you can bear! NEVER lose faith, remember that man above and keep pressing foward cause he will be on your side. I will also be one of the many people contacting your govenor!

-God Bless you sweetheart!

Anonymous said...

We all know that you made a mistake. We all make mistakes that we have to suffer from. What you did in no way fits the time that the judge has given you. Just know that yes you are a special, beautiful jewel. God is always on the side of righetousness. And he will have the last word. Those who gave you this unjust sentences will be punished. Just know that you will be released from this sentence soon. You will be back with your family. Your voice will be heard and you will cry tears of rejoyce. My pledge is I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
I will contact the govenor and judge. This type of discrimination should not be tolerated. & years in prison for pushing is rediculous. The judge was having a bad day, and you was just there when the gavel came down.

Anonymous said...

i was upset when i read your story. keep you're head up, i know u have alot of praying souls on your side. justice will prevail.

mbhcu98 said...

You are in my prayers. I don't pray much but, that will change because of you Shaquanda. Forever keep your head up!! When times are tough, keep your head up!! When you are feeling the bottom of the barrell, keep you rhead up!! when all else fails and you have nothing but you- KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!!! This is the begining of your life so, keep your head up... I have much love for you.

Anonymous said...

Your news has reached all the way to Wichita, Kansas. We just wanted to say stay strong for yourself and your family. Trust in God and he will find a way to help you. As you can see, God is passing this message on to different states. Even though we don't know you, we love you.

Shawanda Neal and family

Anonymous said...

Hi Shaquanda
Your news has reached all the way to Wichita, Kansas. We just wanted to say stay strong. Put your trust in God and he will find a way for you to pull through this. Even though we don't know you, we love you.

Anonymous said...

Prayer is the answer to all things. No man or woman has the power the Lord has. Always have faith and believe in his power. I will be praying for you and you do the same. He knows what you need and everything is already in store for you. Just read the 23rd Psalm.

Anonymous said...

God never gives us more than we can bear. He knows your strength, which is more than you realize. Remember who you serve - He said no weapon formed against you shall prosper.

jasmine cabot said...

Dear Shaquanda,

I'm writing from North Carolina, sending you love, and strength, and many blessings. Keep your head up and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Much love -

Blackamazon said...

Just so you know baby. We are trying and we are thinking of you all the time.

ilyka said...

Shaquanda, I don't have the words to express how wrong this is, how sickened I am by it. You did not deserve this. I know you know that already; I hope you also know that people are spreading the word about this injustice and admiring your strength, your courage, and the love and strength of your family besides.

We cannot stand for this treatment of a young woman and still call this a good country, a just country. I will do whatever I can do to fight this.

My heart breaks for what happened to you. Please, stay strong.

Stop The Uglyness in america said...

My Baby Sister
SHAQUANDA,
I cried.. I cried a loud cry for you.. Your nightmare will be over soon. I am sending your story to friends, co-worker, and all over the web...Im sending a letter to the judge and calling his ass everyday...Im sending your story to tyrabanks show..

Binta said...

Dear Little Sister Shaquanda,
I'm not sure if my first posting went up since I was setting up the blog. I'm older than you and since you are young, gifted and black, I have confidence in you and I know that God will see you through. Just like Paul when God freed him from prison. First Paul was free in his spirit because of his faith in God. You too are free! Nothing can take away your freedom. Be still and know that God is preparing you for a mighty work. You will emerge a tremendous leader in your community. Please be patient and don't harm yourself in any way. You must be ready to answer the call. The walls will fall and the doors of the prison will fling open. Then is when you will really need the Lord! Prepare now, read, write, pray, sing, read the bible especially and be clothed in the breastplate of righteousness. It is in your weakness that God is strong. You made a tiny mistake, and greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. Have faith and trust in the Lord with all your heart.
God bless you and is blessing you right now, preparing you for your beautiful future perhaps as a lawyer, perhaps simply as a mother and surely as a courageous young women. My love to you.
Binta

Anonymous said...

This is the racism i talk about all the time. It is really awful that as blacks we can do something as little or big as white people and get judge the worst but when it is on the other foot white people get a slap on the hand. I will be praying for you and hope your sentence will be cut or over and things like this, people will stop judging us as blacks without understanding.

Mrs. T.R. Bowers said...

Shaquanda:

Being 14 is tough, and sometimes we make decisions that we regret. Just know that everyone, even grown-ups, make mistakes; we just have to forgive ourselves and try to do better next time.

There are people whom you don't know, who are fighting on your behalf; so stay strong. When you want to give up, remember that you have a long, beautiful life ahead of you; just take it one day at a time. God loves you, and so do we!

Take care....

octoberwildchild said...

all over america people are telling your story, shaquanda. have faith. god will pull you through this victorious.

Anonymous said...

Stay Proud and never let your eyes hit the floor. Many of us are praying for you. WWJD

Ali Boyd

earl h. said...

Keep praying young lady. Let go and let GOD. GOD is moving even when we don't see things in the physical form. Know it in your heart that you will be free soon. You will become an instrument for the LORD. Your testimony will bring about changes for others. Don't give up, we haven't given up on you.
GOD Bless.

Anonymous said...

I just found out about this today on a national syndicated talk show and I am angered beyound belief. Trust that there will be movement on this and soon. You have added prayers today that this wrong be made right. Please stay strong and know that God has not abandoned you. There is something miraculous in store for your life and trust that it is coming soon.
Peace and Blessings

Anonymous said...

Little black child,
I just received an email that told me of your story my heart, soul and prays go out to you. When everything around you looks dark, look for that small amount of light to pull yourself through. Always remember that you are a black female, that means you are strong and powerful. No matter what the situation, never let anyone take that from you.

Love to you from Chicago, IL (Felicia W)

KRISTIE said...

HELLO SHAQUANDA. I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE PRAYING FOR. NEVER GIVE UP HOPE AND KEEP GOD FIRST. BELIEVE THAT IF HE BROUGHT YOU TO IT HE WILL BRING YOU THROUGH IT.THERE ARE SOME GOOD PEOPLE STILL LIVING IN THIS WORLD WHO IS WILLING TO HELP. PEOPLE OF ALL DIFFERENT RACES. DON'T GIVE UP, STAY STRONG.
GOD LOVES YOU.

Anonymous said...

Seven (7) years in prison for shoving someone? My Lord, what is the world coming to. I will pray for you Shaquanda asking that God will not allow you to spend 7 years in prison but will instill in you a greater ability to control your emotions in any future endeavors. God Bless you.

Anonymous said...

I know you get tired of hearing this and I know we are not where you are but PLEASE do not give up because that means that they won you have all of our support 100% and I live in a town where the school is mostly hispanics and blacks so we know where you are coming from just keep your head up, what you did should not have happened but the punishment is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

Shaquanda
please stay strong and positive! Know that people are praying for you. Meditate on Psalm 27 and Ephesians 6:10-18.........God answers prayers!!!!!!
Michelle

Yulonda said...

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: wait I say on the Lord.(Psalm 27:14)

Anonymous said...

Shaquanda,

Keep your head up, princess! I know that it's difficult, but there are so many strangers that love you and want to you to come home!

You aren't being ignored! We are doing what we can to show THE WORLD how unfairly you're being treated. These people that *try* oppress you , whether they're in the court system or bothering you there - they don't have ANY power over you.

Please be positive, and just a little more patient. You're a jewel, young lady. Very soon, everyone in the WORLD will see that this is NOT how a princess is treated.

Shola

Anonymous said...

Shaquanda,

Keep your head up and keep having faith. You have many people behind you and justice on your behalf will be served. Don't give up and don't give in. Don't let them break you. I don't know you, but I do know you are stronger than that. This is just making you stronger.

May God be with you and Bless You at all times!

Godslove said...

I will make sure to spread the word regarding this issue. A word of encouragment for you, God is love and he loves you more than you probably think right now, but don't give up. When you feel as if you can't make it, you can take it. God has you on this earth for a reason. Look how many people are being touched by your story. You are very important to all of us, and don't let anyone tell you any different. Know that God is God and he will not let you down. Stay lifted and with God's love and grace you will make it through this one.

Crystal Anderson said...

We fully support you in Colorado honey. We will pray for you and will do what we can to get you released. Keep your spirits up and keep your faith in God. You are loved and you will be blessed.
Crystal Anderson...Denver, Colorado

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, why is she in prison???? What can we do to help? This judge needs to be fired and the county needs to take a good look at their race relations and biases.

Anthony said...

Be strong, and have faith.

God will get you through this.

Anonymous said...

As we all know - a family that prays together, stays together! Though our blood line may be different we are from the same seed. Stay strong - God is always on time.

Terry Banks said...

I was just given this story on MySpace and I'm truly in shock but this is not the end for you so please don't give up no matter how bad things might seem right now. I have 5 children and my oldest is close to your age so I'm really hurt that this kind of justice is even allowed. I will pray for you and your family little sis.

Ericka Harris said...

i just read about your situation today... i have written the governor and the president of my local branch of the NAACP... please stay strong.. you do not know me and might never ever meet me... but i am in pain for you... do not give up on life.. there are good people out there.. we are all here for you... i have only been so successful in life because i gave this life a chance... i too went through some horrible injustice... but you will make it out of this... you are in my prayer keep your head up high...

Ekklektia said...

Greetings, Shaquanda,

Wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts, and prayers, and that I will do my part--including writing those judges and whomever else--to ensure that you get justice.

Uhuru!

Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous, and you know that. You know you shouldn't be in there. You know they are wrong. You know no one should be able to put a 14 year old in prison for anything like this. Do not forget this.

tim said...

Praying for you! I just read the story today; your case is an embarrassment to the United States, the city of Paris, TX needs to be destroyed.

Stay strong!

Mike said...

Take it one day at a time, and don't be afraid of what's ahead of you! If anything, you are a brave, courageous martyr for civil rights, so stay strong for the rest of the people that face injustice!

I'll pray for you. Praise be to Allah (PBUH).

Lloyd McCarthy said...

Shaquanda,
Your struggle is not in vain…
A child shall lead them!

The crime and injustice committed against YOU and other Black children across America by the racist, barbaric, decaying system in which we exist, is awaking the consciousness of millions of people across America and the world.

As we come into that awareness, we realize that you are being held captive because our racist, bankrupt ruling elites are in a futile battle to keep us, Blacks and all working Americans, in an enduring condition of captivity, ignorance and division, to prop-up their declining-dieing, racist social, economic and political order.

A colleague wrote us, recently, on the spate and pattern of injustice being consistently committed against us:

“With this kind of continuing intimidation, can fascism be far away? Why are folks so indifferent, so asleep at the wheel?”

Take strength. We are being awakened by you, SHAQUANDA, to the fascism that is part and parcel of what we call our civilization!

Children like you in “Apart-Hate” South Africa, helped to drive the final stake into that racist, decadent vampire state’s heart.

Although your ignorant captors may not be aware, you are doing the same here!

Stay strong, people of consciousness are coming to your rescue.

Your will and strength inspire us all.

Regards,

Lloyd McCarthy
www.in-dependence.com

Anonymous said...

SHAQUANDA I AM LIVING PARIS JUST LIKE YOU.MY CHILD WAS CHARGED TRUINCY BY THE SAME JUDGE HE WAS SICK FOR TWO WEEKS WITH THE FLU. AND EVEN THOUGH ALL THE DAYS WERE ACCOUNTED FOR AND even had a doctors note...THEY CHARGED US WITH TRUINCEY.SO I UNDERTSAND COMEPLETY. AND I AM PRAYING FOR YOU. WE LOVE YOU AND WE WONT GIVE UP UNTIL JUSTICE IS SERVED.BE STRONG DAUGHTER. JESUS HAS NOT FORSAKEN YOU.

Anonymous said...

Stay strong, I pray to God that you will be freed, but stay strong, easier said then done but know that there is now a whole audience that has been exposed to this story and we are ashamed of our court systems behavior , but as citizens unite for your cause, we will come big and loud, we will be herd for this injustice

Anonymous said...

This is truely "Racism" I just received this e-mail from a friend & can't begin to believe what I just read "Pathetic"....Shaquanda I don't know you & can't even begin to imagine a thing like this happening to any black child. I have a son 15 yrs old & this has really touched my heart. It's a shame that white people can commit a crime & receive less & or no punishment @ all, but when black people are involved they throw the books @ us.....keep your head up, stay prayed up & I promise you will get through this, especially with all the love you are receiving from e-mails....my prayers go out deeply to you & your family...YOU will get through this.

L.A.
Dallas, Tx

a.starr said...

I'm just so speechless. I almost feel like checking my calender to double check what decade we're living in cos this seems like that pre-civil rights movement madness. I can't believe that any so call justice system would infilct this on a child. Just Sickening.

crazy canadian said...

hi, showing you some support from up north.... hope you read this someday.

it'll be a pretty crazy personal struggle, but just keep fighting. no matter how much you get shit on and messed around with.. just keep on trucking.
best of luck

Alex said...

Fight the power.

Anonymous said...

what's happening to you is ridiculous. anyone with any sense of rationality or a conscience can see that. don't give up hope!

Anonymous said...

As a former police officer, I believe what happened to you is wrong. I also believe you should not have shoved or grabbed that hall monitor, but the injustice being done to you is orders of magnitude greater.

I am saddened that our society still has not removed a clearly racially biased judge from our legal system. We all bear the stain of injustice, wherever it is found.

Be strong, and love yourself enough to things that are good for you.

Signed,

Just another who walked away from Omelas.

Maggieliz said...

This is starting to hit major websites (www.somethingawful.com) and I sincerely hope that the media pressure can change what's happening to you.

This level of stupidity, malice, and bigotry on the part of the 'justice' system is just amazing.

I'm SO sorry kiddo, and I'm totally appalled that this could happen.

I sincerely hope that this gets turned around.

Be strong!

Laura said...

Please stay strong - I know your situation must seem impossible to cope with right now, but just try to bear in mind. that you won't be in this situation forever, and that people all over the world are supporting you through this terrible mess, and also fighting for you. You must be so brave, perhaps braver than you think. You've just got to continue being brave. :)

That Jack said...

Shaquanda, NYC is with you.

Please please appeal this! When this case works its way up the courts, it's going to become very obvious very quickly how absurd the system has become.

I smell some resignations coming! The dawn will break soon.

Eric said...

Wow, thats amazing. I can't believe stuff like this happens as often as it seems to. I hope this goes national so the judges can become the laughingstocks they deserve and you can get out of jail.

Nick Kneer said...

All the way on the other side of the US, in Ohio, we're absolutely outraged at this injustice.

Not a single decent person isn't pulling for you.

Anonymous said...

There is no way you will be in jail for long. We as Americans will not stand for this! There are so many of us behind you!

Stuart Wyatt said...

I am shocked to hear of such a sentence for something that should not have been a crime. What you did deserved nothing more than a detention or a swift telling off!

My thoughts and prayers are with you Shaquanda. I pray that the power of the internet will help spread news of your plight for all the world to see, and that public opinion can see your sentence quashed.

Stay strong. You are far from alone.

x

markanthony said...

only time will tell sweetheart, and just live this day by day " who god bless no man curse" you will overcome this..onelove

-markanthony

Caroline said...

Don't let The Man getcha down, Shaquanda! (And because of this case, I am officially embarassed to be Texan.)

Keep on fighting the good fight.

Chris said...

I don't believe in God, but that's just myself, and I do respect people's faith. This had to be said first, because I won't be able to give you genuine prayers this way.
I'm deeply saddened (and everyone else I told this very story), as a black person myself, to hear of something like that. With all due respect to the legal system in the U.S., specifically Texas, (I'm from Germany, Europe myself) but this is a complete farce. It is shocking, it is racist, it is disgusting. Why do people get away with this? What's wrong with them, really?
As I mentioned before alright, you won't get any prayers or such from me, but what you will get is my utmost respect because of your incredible will and strength, and my support, even though it is limited to this probably.

Keep your head up high, they cannot do this.

Timmah420 said...

This is terrifying. As a Canadian, I can only hope that the words of American citizens to their public servants will help get you released.

My hopes are with you.

LGolubchick said...

t read your story on the "somethingawful" forums, it is disgusting what the justice system has done to you! Keep your head up, hopefully your fight will end up helping the lives of thousands of others.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe this, I was speechless after I read a news article about this entire affair.

You do not deserve to be where you are right now. This is a reflection, not on you, but on society.

Just remember that you have the undying support of thousands of people. We love you.

Stay strong Shaquanda.

Caroline in Hawai`i said...

Dear little Shaquanda,

I'm a mother of five teenagers (including three girls) living in Hawai`i, and I would like to send you a message of aloha and hope. What has happened to you is simply a disgrace. As a mother, it hurts my heart and offends me very deeply. As a citizen, I am outraged. As a Caucasian, I am ashamed.

You mention the 14-year-old Caucasian arsonist who was sentenced to probation. I don't even think you need to provide that example for comparison. All on its own, without being compared to ANYTHING, your sentence was simply WRONG. If any of MY teenagers had committed the same offense, they would never, ever have received the same sentence. What you did was not right, and I am sure you know that now, but you got a raw deal. I am guessing that a lot of people in the world are going to try to help you. Though I am far away, I would like to help, too. I just sent a message to Governor Perry, imploring him to investigate your case and release you from prison.

Please do not grow up thinking that all Caucasians are bad and racist. I promise you that there are some good ones in the world, people who are colorblind, who believe that there's room in the box of crayons for ALL the colors in the rainbow.

I hope you will try to read as much as you can, during this time; I hope there is a decent library where you are. A good book will help you escape, if only for a little while, until you are able to leave that place forever. And finally, I hope you never have to wear orange again... unless you choose to do so.

Love and aloha from Caroline in Hawai`i, and daughters Chelsea (18), Emily (17), and Jessica (16)

Anonymous said...

Keep your head up and stay strong. I am praying for you and I know you will have a testimony of all testimonies to give when you get out. Your strength is shown in your fortitude and your ability to make people who have never met you, cry, pray, act, and react on your behalf. All of us are activist for you, even in just a simple prayer. Our strength is buoyed by your strength as yours in ours(all your many supporters) Just lean on the Lord and us, who are now your extended family and we will get through this together. God's wheels of justice are already turning in your favor and I know you will be free soon. Stay strong, little sister.

Anonymous said...

I'm in shock right now. Is there no end to the blatant racism and disproportionate "justice" that my people deal with on a daily basis. It's time that we as a people let the system know that we will not tolerate this any longer. Forget marches, we need a unified movement that forces the racists to give us equal rights. The civil rights movement isn't over just because they've killed our most effective leaders. We all need to be leaders and be willing to spill blood for the rights or our people. Obviously turning the other cheek isn't getting the point across.

Kohope said...

Be Strong Sister!!!!

Love will overcome Hate, there is no other way.

Rip Ryness said...

Keep your spirits up and come out fighting. Your story is out and some of us are mad as hell about it. But anger will get you no where. So remember Jesus' example and realize that you have been chosen. You have a big opportunity to tell the world whatever you want.

dannye said...

take care of yourself and stay strong, your blog is now travelling through australia and the rest of the world.

Sean Davis said...

Shaquanda,

Stay strong and be brave. There are thousands and soon to be millions of people who are praying for you and working to gain your freedom. We love you!

Dr Zen said...

What despicable people you have to live among. Stay strong until justice is done.

Sarah said...

Your story has reached Canada, and we are hoping for you! I send you my sympathy for this terrible injustice, and wish you luck, strength, and love. Your name will become famous to everyone who fights for freedom and compassion.

Krishona said...

DONT WORRY GURL WITH GOD IN YOUR HEART YOU WILL PULL THROUGH..I AM PRAYING FOR YOU...

habnabit said...

Here's hoping you'll have better luck in appeals court.

Hadra said...

Shaquanda,

I read about you on a message forum that has 90,000 members and reaches worldwide. I just want you to know that a university student in Canada is thinking about you. I'm sending you good thoughts and wishes!

Please don't give up.

white chick from connecticut said...

Your story opened my eyes to the institutionalized racism that is still alive in this country. It sucks that you have to deal with this, but hang in there. There are many, many people all across the country who are outraged by this, and we've got to do something about it.

Huggie said...

This is completely absurd. It's moments like this that demonstrate some serious flaws in the justice system. Whatever happened to put this girl in prison, it seriously needs to be fixed.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe that something like this is happening in our country. I read about you in the Chicago Tribune, and it literally brought me to tears. I don't think I've ever been affected so much by a news article.

I'll try mailing out some letters and spreading the word. Please stay strong. I'm sure this will work out eventually.

mesha said...

Dear Little Sis Shaquanda,

mesha here, director of Idriss Stelley Foundation.
5 years ago, 9 SF "peace officers" killed my only child, 23 yr. AA Brother.
I also own SF Village Voice f.m. radio station.
We will do all we possibly can to publicize your story, and organize critical mass resistance to what is being done to you !

Much, much love to you and family.
mesha
iolmisha@cs.com
(415) 595-8251 (24 HR Crisis line)

Anonymous said...

Shaquanda
know that you are not alone sweetheart. My prayers and thoughts are with you, and believe in prayer, God answers us, because you are his child, and he loves you. He will release you from this horrible situation. I have two daughters, one is 14 just like you. And this could have been her.
stay strong, and pray, pray relentlessly.

Mary C.

Vanessa Di Domenico said...

From Venezuela- I will be making sure that president Chavez gets a report of this, and when he speaks on his TV shows, half the world will listen. Want to say something? Want to comment on how you were treated? I lived in Louisiana, and though I'm too white, I hated their racism, and have stayed away from the USA for 12 years because of it. I'm in Maracaibo, Venezuela. I'll be calling a friend in Houston who's married to a boss in Shell about this, too.
We love you from Venezuela...
I'll make sure to catch a few Texans here (oil workers) while they shop for drugs and perhaps we'll hand them over to FARC until you are let go. Don't worry- we'll only catch men who are using cocaine to fck little girls and boys (I work with street children, and already have a death sentence by the governor here if the police catch me alone anywhere)

Anonymous said...

Please do not give up!!! This too shall pass; do not let them win. You are a beautiful young lady who has a promising future ahead of you. Have faith and trust in GOD that you will be set free.

Anonymous said...

May God forever protect you, don't loose faith, HE is with you, and HE will come out victorious in the end, so stick with HIM and you can't loose!

May God Bless You and Heaven Smile Upon You!!!

Anonymous said...

Please stay strong in this trying time. Read all you can so that you come out STRONGER, and they will not have won.
I hope your appellate attorneys do their job and the courts do theirs and you are freed.
Much love from the Virgin Islands,
Pet.On.Za

Sheila said...

Shaquanda just know that God is with you and although life seems a little dark now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Keep your spirits up and keep your faith in God. EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT.
Sheila

Anonymous said...

My darling, I just wanted you to know your story has reached England. I am horrified at what has happened to you and will post a link to your site/story everywhere I go. Stay strong sweetie, people love and - as you can see by my post - are working very hard for your release. See you on Oprah very soon.
Ann in the UK xx

Tiffany Dean said...

When the lights are down and you feel like you have nothing left, know that it is at that time God is carrying you through this my dear! He will never leave you alone, you just stay strong. I am sending your story to every person I know and all the media outlets I can think of. If we all do the same somebody somewhere will be moved enough to get you out of there. Stay in prayer and believe that you'll be home soon!

Shaniqua said...

It is sad that in 2007 this type of crap is till going on....Please stay strong and I hope that you win next time around....I will keep you in my prayers..

Tracy J said...

God is good all the time. Believe that! This is not about you; it is about your testimony. God has chosen you as the vessel to carry the message of injustice that is taking place in Paris, Texas. We are a strong people and your victory will be known all over the world. In turn through your testimony, you will be able to help others. You may ask why you. The answer is why not you.God didn't make a mistake when he chose you and kwow that He will never leave you. Don’t let the devil steal your life through sucide. You have too much to do or say. You are the light for many to come, if you leave this earth, your destiny will be unfulfilled.

Stay strong and prayerful and you will come through the fire on the other side, the victor. The coward who sentenced you and is trying to steal your youth doesn’t realize he has only elevated you to your glory and your destiny.

We are all helping to tell your story, but only you will be able to give your testimony.

I am praying for you and the citizens of Paris, Texas.

Anonymous said...

Dear Shaquanda,

I can't imagine how difficult this must be for you. Now it seems that people are praying for you that you've never met in your life. That, my dear is a small miracle. Hoping that you get a big one very soon. Remember Nelson Mendela...and learn.

Love,
Heather

Mrs. E. Casey said...

Shaquanda & Family:

This story came to me while I was at work, so the word is getting around. My prayers go out to you and your family. Being someone that has had more than my fair share of run-ins with the Texas legal system, I can understand. Stay focused on the Lord, for he will see you through. In the midst of a storm, which this is, he will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. NEVER !!! And that is good news. The Lord is there with you. Call on him, OUT LOUD !!! Really, when you feel that your burden is to heavy, lay it in his lap and take hold to his hand, for he will see you through. There is POWER in the name of the LORD !! You are God's child and he is the KING of KINGS, so that makes you a princess. So you hold your head up high, because no weapon formed against you shall prosper. God gives you joy, that no one can take away. He gives you peace that no one can understand. Daily, DAILY tell Satan that he is a LIE !! Those walls my hold you physically, but don't give Satan the satisfaction of keeping your spirit bottled up like that, don't give that cruel judge the satisfaction of knowing that he can steal your love. Inspite of ... we are commanded by God to love and forgive. So in your heart, really ask God to help you forgive him and love him as God would have you to do. I could go on all day about the goodness and mercy of the Lord. Last but not least, remember that they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not get tired; they shall walk and not faint. (Isa 40:31) So baby girl, get ready, GET READY, God is coming for you. YES !!! You will fly up out of there leaving that agony and pain behind. Your tomorrow is coming, wait patiently on the LORD your God, and he will NEVER let you down.
May God continue to BLESS you and your family !!!
Mrs. E. Casey (Austin, TX)

Asiatic said...

Hold your head little sister. Unfortunately, we as black people are constantly under attack by this racist government. Trust me, you will get out and when you do make sure you get all that this world has to offer with education and activism.

Peace,
Asiatic

Anonymous said...

Please remember that God is not asleep and everyone of us will give in account of our Good and our Bad.

kerileigh said...

Always remember, anger is a useless emotion. Try and remain calm and look for the least physical way to resolve a problem. Open arms accept God, closed arms push him away. You are in my prayers.

LaToya said...

Shaquanda, be strong I am praying for you. You will get out of there I have contacted the NAACP and I know that AFRICAN AMERICANS in higher places will see to it that you are set free. I have a daughter, a sister, nieces and female cousins and this could have easily been one of them. I was so moved by the article and could not believe that racism is still so common for us. Paris should be called the DEVIL CITY. We love you and are sincerely wishing you well. You did nothing wrong so don't feel the need to end your life for what someone else has done to you. BE STRONG GOD IS WITH YOU AND YOU HAVE ALOT OF US SUPPORTING YOU.

Anonymous said...

There is not a leaf that falls, that God does not know about. When Abraham was threatened with the fire, and the Angel Gabriel wanted to come to his defense, he said, "it is enough that my Lord sees me". We shall all be tested to see who we'll plead with for mercy. Only one can grant it, God Almighty. You're loved and prayed for by many. God's justice will prevail...Always!

Dee-Dee said...

Wow, man. The whole ordeal, what they did to is just crazy, I cannot believe I'm reading this. You're so young and beautiful, don't let anyone take that away from you. I really hope something is done about this and fast in a positive manner. Just know you're in my prayers...

Anonymous said...

Hi Shaquanda,
My heart is so heavy right now. I am so sorry to hear about how "our Justice" System could alow this to happen. I am praying for you now, and intend to do what ever I can to make a difference. Keep your head up sweetie as much as you can. Know that GOD is with you. You have not done anything wrong. Please on't feel like you have.

Anonymous said...

Hi shaquanda:

Please contiune to stay strong and pray that God will invene in this unforunate situation- please know that God will handle this Judge and their system....don't ever give up...keep praying and be specfic with your prayer request.
God Bless and keep you.

Zishan Shafi said...

Hey there,

Im a Pakistanni/Arab Muslim whow as born in London, UK. I may not be black but i feel your injustice and the pain. I can empthaise more than you know becuase my race and people sufferr from the same opression.

Your case made me sick to the stomach, i am angered to the deepest part of me at how they treated you.

RACISM is the driving force here, not an attempt at justice. Be strong and remember God.

Shaun said...

Hi there. I'm Shaun from Atlanta. Found your article through the great goons over at SomethingAwful. I'm pulling for you, Shaquanda. You don't deserve this, and you WILL get your justice. Keep your head up and you'll pull through this.

We all wish you the best, and I'll be posting your story around different forums trying to get all the support for you I can. You're one strong girl.

Anonymous said...

Forget all this stuff about GOD and PRAYER. Nothing works like ACTION! All of you who say you'll "pray for her" need to get a pen and some paper and WRITE LETTERS.

Brenda Lee said...

Shaquanda,
Do not give up. I just got the message,today March 22, here in California. I am praying for you and am adding you to the prayer list at my church.
We will continue the struggle and fight to get you free.
Keep the faith.
Bremda Lee
Richmond, CA

Christopher Doran said...

There are things in this world that should not stand. The arrogant belief that the colour of your skin somehow signifies your worth as a human being is one of those things. I'll not give you a sermon about trusting God but instead ask that you believe that you are strong. And know that people are thinking of you with all the love, compassion, sadness, and anger the heart can feel. You WILL survive this. You WILL defeat this. You WILL be free to live as a human being should. You will prevail, because you are strong and you are loved.

Anonymous said...

I am telling everyone I know your story and encouraging them to send letters. Hopefully, together we can get you out of there. Stay strong. You are a beautiful young woman and I just know that you're going to do something great.

Anonymous said...

Good luck from the University of Wisconsin River Falls! I'm going to leave flyers around my campus to raise awareness. Keep fighting the good fight!

lC.D. Banks said...

Even though our power appears to be limited we are still a threat to the unjust. My family's prays and hopes are with you. When I read the story and saw your picture I thought about my grand children. Everyday it is our faith that helps us stay alive. May God give you the power to have faith that you will come out of this a strong young woman with purpose. If you can use this time to learn and grow. God Bless You.

Tony Hunter said...

I was hurt and angered to learn of the unfair treatment that you recieved at the hands of an uncaring devil, Sis. Shaquanda.

In due time you will overcome this harsh delimma, but for now you must remain strong and do the best that you can.

Take this opportunity to read lots of educational material and gain knowledge.

Peace,
Tony

Anonymous said...

Shaquanda please keep your head held high and know that you are truly somebody special because you belong to God. my family and I are praying for you and and will be putting our voices into action. Until the day you are released from a place you should have never been sent please be strong.

jamika said...

i sent this message to the govenor. i am in the military. if im going to fight for something it needs to have a purpose not over oil, but for people like you... hear is the note i sent him and you keep your head up girl, you have a reason to live!

i am very disturbed at the story i read in this link http://www.ybpguide.com/2007/03/13/paris-texas-in-plain-view/

i think that is wrong this is 2007. i was in the army for 7 years we war for what is right and to go to other countries and kill them when we cant control the things like SLAVERY that is going on in our country. Like feeding the homeless overseas is a good deed, but take care of home AS WELL. This little girl is 14 years old, and 7 years for shoving but this same judge charged a killer and an arsonist probation PROBATION!!!! It is seriously something wrong with this. i dont know these people from Adam but i support them and im going to tell everyone and send an email and post bulletins until you realize what is going on in this small Racist town, what if the tables were turned and whites were treated this way. Think about your sons and daughters. What would jesus do? Keep in mind he's watching and we all will be judged for our actions soon!

jamika said...

i have also taken this stuff to the radio station 97.9 the beat the rickey smiley morning show for him to broadcast to dfw metroplex. im prayin for yall

Navneet Chadha said...

Hi Shaquanda, don't loose your hope. We all are with you, but most important God is watching you and he is sending the angels to help you. Stay strong never give up. i am trying to email everybody to get some help for you.

NAMONG said...

Keep the Faith!!
This is the USA justice system, which is truly racist, and does not care about Black African-Americans.
I will pray for you.
Also, i wrote Governor Perry.
Take Care, NJ G

Anonymous said...

Remember the Bible says: everything (good and bad) works together for the good of those who love God. You are God's child and He is ALWAYS with you. He will allow this to work in your favor. Praise Him in the good and bad times. Keep your eyes, thoughts, heart, mind on Him, He alone will get you through this. I will be praying for you. Don't give up or give in to the devil's attack.

NAMONG said...

Keep the Faith!!
This is the USA justice system, which is truly racist, and does not care about Black African-Americans.
I will pray for you.
Also, i wrote Governor Perry.
Take Care, NJ G

Sa Ptah said...

Keep your head up young sister, we all stand with you....dont ever ever ever give up.....htp from KFZ family

Anonymous said...

Young Lady I am not sure if writing you is more important than attempting to do something more legal. But to be honest I am not a lawyer and have no where to begin. But I am a father of a young lady and I also deal with juveniles on a different level. But most of all I am of Christian faith. Ms. Cotton though you may have made a mistake, please remember you have a Power that has more power than that judge. I beg of you to not let satan win this battle with you. Don't let him win! I know that things seem impossible now, but remember what Christ went through and be A STRONG TOWER!!! If all I can do is pray, then this is what I shall do.

Anonymous said...

Shaquanda,
Know that there is a higher being who presides over that judge. He will answer someday for his action. Pray for him. Ask God to give you the strength to endure.

Smacks, MS

Anonymous said...

Hi Shaquanda, this is a very wicked world in which we live. But do know that God sees it all and this Judge will meet all of his actions in the Judgment. What you need to focus on now is getting a right relationship with God so that He can bless you and bring you out. Nothing else matters at this point. If it is God's will for you to get out, then it will come to pass. This is a test for you, because He never lets anything happen that we can't handle. Get to know Him as your personal friend and obey all the He requires and miracles will happen, this He promised. God will take care of that unjust Judge in ways that only He can. Be encouraged and know that even through the storm, God loves you and always will. In the mean time, much prayers will be going up in your behalf. Hang in there and be strong for Jesus.

Anonymous said...

To the anonymous who said to forget God and Prayer, you are misled and need to know that it is God who will even give you the ability to hold that pen. The last thing this situation needs is for us to forget where we came from! If you start leaving out God in the equation, you will have sure failure. This IS a job for God, whether we like it or not. Going to God first is the proper action; He will lead us then.

Sissy W. said...

Hang in there girl, you have the strength in your soul.I see it in your eyes. I fight for my husband everyday who was given an unfair sentence. His judge was black, he is white. so see it exists on both sides. It really does. It makes for a sad world when skin color gets in the way of justice. Let us get you out of this and then you stand up for equality and FAIR justice for all. Do me a favor, put your arms around yourself and squeeze--go ahead it's ok. It's just a hug from me.

Exodus Mentality said...

Never give up, Never surrender. They may imprison your body but never your mind or your spirit. You should know by all the comments here and other places that you have become a daughter to all of us. Your extended family loves and supports you 150%. I know I would not let this happen to my daughter, and somehow, someway, we are going to make this right for you.

The people who thought this would end your life do not realize that they have really opened doors for you. You just have to hold on until you can get through them. Please believe me and trust that you will be just fine. Rise above your situation and show them how a true Princess can never be broken.

Enigma said...

To Shaquanda and her family,
I read this story tonight and I am extremely outraged at what is happening to this child. I am going to post this story on MySpace and I am going to write to the Governor, the Texas comptroller, Senator for your district, ombudsman if your state has one, and any other officials your state may have.

Those people should be ashamed of themselves. You hang in there Shaquanda, you are a beautiful child and your spirit can't be broken if you don't let them.

Have faith, I'll try my hardest to help.

I'll write to you too snail mail.
Hugs, Jennifer in Iowa.

Latoya said...

I will write any and everyone I need to until you are free, I will make sure that everyone I know will write a letter to the government and that Judge. I am so sorry this happened to you. This should remind all of us that racism does STILL exist.

Brianna said...

Being a lesbian, I know how it feels to be discriminated against; but this is ridiculous. I am so sorry that society has not gotten its head out of its butt even now in 2007. Stay strong, and when you get out you can make the statement the world needs to hear. Believe in God, pray for justice, and all will be resolved. i will pray for you girl.
God Bless You.

Amanda said...

We got your back. I am making the University that I attend aware of this situation. I'm 18 years old and I can't imagine sitting where you are. Girl, we have DOMINION over the enemy (the judge)! It's all gonna work out in your favor. STAY STRONG and BE BLESSED!

I love you,

Amanda N. Brown
Durham, NC

Amanda said...

Know that we have your back. I am making the University that I attend aware of this situation. We have DOMINION over the enemy (the judge)! It's all gonna work out in your favor. Trust GOD!!!

STAY STRONG and BE BLESSED!

It's time for this nation to stand up to it's name (The UNITED States of America).

Amanda N. Brown, NC

Anonymous said...

Stay strong in your faith, Shaquanda. The public knows about this travesty of justice. Everyone is talking about your situation and lots of people are writing on your behalf. No child deserves to go to prison for what, while you shouldn't have done that, most of us have done ourselves when we were young. We are behind you, child. And 'we' are people of all races and persuasions. Look up! And God bless you.

YAZMAR said...

PLEASE Know that Justice is right around the corner! GOD will not stand for this injustice that has been placed upon you. I'm actually from a small town about an hr from Paris and I know your pain!!

Keep your chin up!!

L`Apatride said...

Dearest Shaquanda,

Stories like yours are more abundant then we would like to believe; that is why it is so important to speak up, stand proud and fight until the end.

Law seldom breeds justice, and it is up to all of us to rise and state loud and clear it is jutice we want!

Hold on baby girl,
Big hug, tons of luv,

A friend from Anti-Racist Action

(Montreal, Canada)

DeOndray K. Pope said...

Hey sis. My heart seriously goes out to you and your family. This is by far one of the DUMBEST things that I have ever heard. I knew that Texas had its own set of issues to deal with, but this is crazy. keep your head up and know that God is ALWAYS there for you. There is absoluly NOTHING that is too hard for him to solve, and trust me, you are going to come out of this soon. The bible says something that is really wonderful to individuals that go through storms. It says "We been may indure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning light". Lil sis, your morning light is coming soon, and I will be where ever I am leaping for joy just for you when that time comes.

God Bless you and your family at this time.

DeOndray K. Pope

Keli said...

My Prayers are with you.

Charlotte in San Diego said...

My God bless you and keep you safe in there. God can take an awful situation and use it for overall good. I pray that he will place a hedge of protection around you like Ft. Knox. That you will get caught up in the "F.O.G." (favor of God)while in there! That people will come from all directions with the desire to do for you and take care of you and even they can't even understand why! I pray that he gives you a peace that surpasses all understanding to get you thru this. I pray for comfort for your family and that this will be the catylist for a great change in Texas for the better of all minorities. AMEN!

Anonymous said...

Dear Shaquanda,

I will spread the word about this story to everyone I know, and everyone I can. What has happened to you is outrageous! You will be freed!

Christie said...

This is one of the most saddening story's I have heard in a very long time... you are on a lot of minds and in a lot of hearts.

Keep your faith as strong as possible and know that what you deserve will have to come to pass. And what you are going through now is not what you deserve. So while there is still a girl free that is buring down houses, and a man free that KILLED a family, please know that people are doing everything they can to make sure the ONE AND ONLY one that should be free, will be free'd.

Anonymous said...

I have written John Conyers on this issue.

If every person emails their Congress person. This issue will be addressed. Juvenile courts are given federal funding.

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

DB Esq.

Anonymous said...

This is so wrong, I feel such rage and sorrow for you. Please don't get depressed, stay strong and fight for justice. Your story is being spread and people are hearing your cries.

love from a white person in the UK

Anonymous said...

Plzz keep ur head up and don't let those demons get to you, itz sad when we continue to let the system wrongfully dictate the lives of our African American youth in the U.S. I think the time for us to fight iz over due, your in my prayers and thoughts,

MsP said...

You are young and you need to live your life just like every other 14 year old. Dont let nobody put you down no matter what. Stay focused because you will be out of there and I will write any kind of letters I can that can help you and I will tell everyone that I know to do the same. The Texas system is crooked and racist is all over that place because I have witnessed it for myself and im glad I dont live there personally. Keep ya head up and dont give up...somebody out there wants to do the right thing and the right thing is to get you Shaquanda out of there. Im going to keep you in my prayers.

There was hope for Tyrone Brown and there will be some for you.

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