A teacher in Pittsburgh was allegedly followed and assaulted by the parents of a student after taking a cellular phone away during class on Wednesday, it was reported.
Police said Pittsburgh Public School teacher Janice Watkins was seriously injured by Daishonta Williams and her boyfriend after following Watkins’ car as she left the Pittsburgh King PreK-8 school, CBS News reported. They then hit her with a brick, pulled her from the car, and beat her.
A teacher had called Williams for a parent-teacher conference, saying that her 10-year-old daughter bit a teacher when she took a phone away from her.
The school district has a strict no-phone policy mandated for students.
Williams, who was charged in the assault, later accused Watkins of choking her daughter while punishing her.
Watkins’ husband denied Williams’ allegations that she choked the child.
In the assault incident, Watkins told police that Williams got out and threw a brick before hitting her in the face and beating her.
“She felt a presense of somebody grabbing the back of her hair and proceeding to kick and stomp her,” Watkins’ husband, who was not identified, told CBS.
“And she didn’t understand who it was, but at that point she buried her face in the girl’s body and tried to defend herself as much as possible,” he said.
In the assault, Watkins suffered facial injuries and broke a tooth.
“I ain’t going to lie, I did it,” Williams reportedly told police. Investigators said that she denied using a brick and claimed to have punched her.
“I did get out and I did hit her, but I did not throw a brick through the window as they say I did,” Williams told WXPI. “I did not. I punched her in her face.”
The husband said that Watkins had to go to another hospital after suffering headaches and concussion-like symptoms.
He’s “sad and disappointed that people would go to such lengths against another human being over something so petty,” CBS reported. “I think she can teach again, but she definitely should look for another place to go teach,” said the husband.
Betty Davis, Watkins’ mother, elaborated more on the assault.
“She said, ‘I put my window down and the woman threw a brick through my window,’ and hit her in her face,” said Davis, KDKA reported. “And that’s when she said, ‘I told you I would get you,’ and [Watkins] said, ‘I didn’t realize it was two other people,’ but she said she felt something hit her in the back and it was two men.”
“My heart goes out to the child, because what has that mother taught that child? Whatever it is, you solve it with violence,” said Davis.
During the initial parent-teacher conference, Williams threatened Watkins in front of other school staffers, her family told WXPI, but they didn’t do anything about it until after the attack.
The family alleges that Williams told her, “I’m going to get you,” during the meeting.