An argument turned physical when a mother of a student assaulted her child’s teacher over a cell phone.
On October 19, 2017, Janice Watkins, a teacher at King pre-K-8 in Pittsburgh, PA, was assaulted with a brick by Daishonta Williams for taking her child’s phone away during class.
Channel 11 news reports that Watkins was threatened by Williams in front of school workers. Janice Watkins’ family says the school did nothing about it until she was assaulted.
Diana Ralph King whose grandchild attends the school says, “First of all, she shouldn’t have had the phone in school and the teacher wouldn’t have had to take the phone.”
Other parents chimed in shock of the incident.
Channel 11 reports that Williams believed that Watkins choked her 10-year-old daughter after an incident over the child’s cell phone.
Before turning herself in, Williams spoke with Channel 11 news on the phone and told them she followed Watkins as she left the school. She approached Watkins while she was sitting in her car on the West End Bridge.
“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 said. “I did not. I punched her in her face.”
On Thursday, Williams was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Her defense attorney Blaine Jones told Channel 11, “The first thing we’re going to try and do is get Ms. Williams out of jail.”
Speaking with reporters off camera, Watkins family said Williams verbally threatened Watkins the day of the attack as she attended a meeting at the school about her daughter.
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(Source: Channel 11 news)