The White woman dubbed “Cornerstore Caroline,” who called the police on a young Black child she accused of groping her, apologized on Friday after viewing a video that proved that he did not touch her.
Teresa Klein, 53, was seen on video last week on the phone with the police saying that the unidentified 9-year-old sexually assaulted her at a convenience store on Thursday, all while he was crying to his mother.
“I was just sexually assaulted by a child. The son grabbed my a** and she decided to yell at me,” said Klein, talking about the child’s mother.
This white woman called the police on black child & accused him of sexual assault because he accidentally brushed up against her in a crowded grocery store aisle. He’s just 9 years old. pic.twitter.com/lZlIKQAwm0
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“I was wrong. Young man, I don’t know your name, but I’m sorry,” she told reporters after looking at the video, which showed the boy walking past her with his backpack grazing her.
— Andrew Ramos (@AndrewRamosTV) October 12, 2018
She added that the boy’s mother threatened her life and that she wants to press charged, according to WWLP.
“I called 911 because this woman was very aggressive.”
Jason Littlejohn, 37, who lives near the convenience store and recorded the viral video that racked up millions of views on social media, said he doesn’t feel that Klein’s apology was genuine, per The New York Post.
“So insincere. She just did not care, said Littlejohn, who’s friends with the child’s mother. “He’s doing better. Something needs to be done to resolve that boy’s pain.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.