A mother and her niece have been arrested after allegedly attacking a teacher inside a Long Island middle school, according to WABC-TV.
Annika McKenzie, 34, reportedly came to Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School and assaulted Catherin Engelhardt because McKenzie claimed Engelhardt had “put her hands on” her 12-year-old daughter earlier in the day.WABC-TV reported McKenzie walked into the building without being cleared by security, waited outside Engelhardt’s classroom for her and then began to ask her about the “incident earlier in the day.”
Once Engelhardt called for security, authorities said the teacher was shoved against the wall, placed in a headlock and thrown to the floor, where she was kicked and punched by several students, including McKenzie’s 14-year-old niece.
Authorities charged both McKenzie and her niece with second-degree assault. McKenzie also faces a charge of strangulation.
“It’s not like I thought a parent would do something, but I knew something violent was going to happen,” Engelhardt said. “I’ve warned them time and again that the children have no respect for adults. Yes, I fear for my safety. They can’t control the kids.”
According to WABC-TV, McKenzie had not filed a police report claiming the teacher attacked her daughter, so that is not something being investigated at this time.