A Cincinnati, Ohio mother was arrested and charged with felony assault last week after she charged into a classroom and helped her high school daughter fight another student.
Police say Precious Allen, 31, stormed the classroom after breaching standard security protocol after a student at Withrow High School let her in. Allen reportedly started to argue with a 15-year-old student who had been quarreling with her daughter. Allen was accompanied by another mother, Dawn Brunner, 28, who did not engage in the scuffle but watched as Allen held the female victim down, allowing her daughter to punch the teen with her fists and a heavy gauge lock.
The 15-year-old victim suffered lacerations and bruises but is expected to make a full recovery according to Cincinnati.com.
The student’s teacher, Kim Kilby, suffered a black eye trying to break up the fight.
The school says the women walked past the office and failed to sign in as required. Cincinnati Police have counseled the school and school district in extra security training to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again. Cincinnati Police say the security breach could have been much worse had the women, or any intruders, gotten past the office with a weapon.
Cincinnati Police Chief Jame Craig told media on Monday, “You hear this story and you wonder: ‘Why would a parent get involved when this is something that should have been handled through the school?”
“This should be a message to any adult, or parent or guardian who decides to engage in this type of activity – you will be held accountable,” Chief Craig continued.
Brunner has also been charged with criminal trespass. Brunner has not been charged with assault like Allen has because she did not participate in the fight itself. Both woman posted bond and have been released until they are scheduled to go before a judge.