Woman Charged Over Fight With Girl, 11, At Philly School - KMSP-TV

Woman Charged Over Fight With Girl, 11, At Philly School

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

Police are investigating a bizarre confrontation at a local elementary school. The alleged combatants were a grown woman and an 11-year-old girl.

Some of the details are still a little twisted, reports FOX 29's Bruce Gordon, who has been sorting this one out all day.

This much we know: The woman, identified as 27-year-old Atiff Brown, entered Anderson Elementary School on Thursday morning to drop off her daughter in the auditorium. The drop-off was made inside the school because of rainy weather.

Brown then allegedly went over to an 11-year-old girl, and verbally confronted her.

That's where the story gets muddy...

"I'm really upset because it should have never been allowed to happen, and 'sorry' is not good enough," said Bobbi Webster, the 11-year-old's mother.

She says her daughter, Callyse, was minding her own business in the auditorium when a woman and her daughter approached.

Webster says security camera video, which she was allowed to watch, shows the woman verbally abusing Callyse.

Webster says the video shows a teacher trying to calm the situation.

"And he's telling her, you know, 'Move back, you have to leave.' And then you start seeing this woman swinging on my daughter. I mean, she has my daughter by the hair."

"Attempting to punch?" Gordon asked.

"Yeah, she's punching her," Webster answered.

She added, "My daughter's 11. She's a grown woman. And you see her daughter jumping in and hitting my daughter."

School district officials told Gordon that they have interviewed that teacher eyewitness. He says the adult was indeed verbally threatening the 11 year old and would not leave.

But, according to Philadelphia School District spokesman Fernando Gallard, "At that point, a female student that the adult was confronting reached out and hit the adult in the face."

"You're saying, just so I'm clear, you're saying this 11-year-old girl actually struck the adult first?" Gordon asked.

"That is correct," said Gallard, adding that the teacher tried to pull the adult away.

"And then the adult's daughter then stood up and hit the child who had hit her mom," Gallard said.

"The teacher's telling you, 'I saw it, and the little girl struck the adult first,'" Gordon clarified.

"That is correct," answered Gallard.

Webster says the woman, Brown, followed her verbal threats by raising her hand. Only then, says Webster, did her daughter strike the woman in defense.

"I'm angry," Webster said. "I feel like I want to retaliate but I know that's not the right thing to do. So I know just to put it in God's hands."

Brown is charged with simple assault, defiant trespassing, recklessly endangering another person and making terroristic threats.

Callyse was back in school Friday. Her mom says she's got a puffy eye and is missing a little bit of hair but did not want to miss classes, Gordon reported.

  • Bruce Gordon ReportsMore>>

  • Baby That Needs Specialized Formula Receives Overwhelming Support

    Baby That Needs Specialized Formula Receives Overwhelming Support

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:59:13 GMT
    Insurance policies have rules governing what's covered and what's not. Generally, they make sense. The rules are designed to prevent unreasonable costs from being passed along to the insurer, and by extension to other insurance customers. But listen to Sheree Kober's story. 
    Insurance policies have rules governing what's covered and what's not. Generally, they make sense. The rules are designed to prevent unreasonable costs from being passed along to the insurer, and by extension to other insurance customers. But listen to Sheree Kober's story. 

  • Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

    Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-06-12 02:24:23 GMT
    Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.She says the place next door has been vacant for years.It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that."The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (F...
    Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.She says the place next door has been vacant for years.It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that."The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (F...
  • Philadelphia Police Says #NoSavesies To Public Parking

    Philadelphia Police Says #NoSavesies To Public Parking

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 7:10 PM EST2014-01-30 00:10:03 GMT
    It follows major snowstorms like day follows night, the practice of using old junk to save the parking space you just dug out!
    It follows major snowstorms like day follows night, the practice of using old junk to save the parking space you just dug out!
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • BREAK FROM HEAT

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:15:38 GMT

    Thursday (83/68): Sun

    Lower Humidity, Not as Hot

    Thursday is going to feature mostly sunny skies and lower humidity. There will be a pleasant NW breeze around 10 mph.  High 83. Enjoy.

     

    The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.

  • Police: Thieves Posed As Cops, Stole $100K From Distribution Center

    Police: Thieves Posed As Cops, Stole $100K From Distribution Center

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:50:10 GMT
    Police are investigating a six-figure robbery at a distribution center in the city's Fishtown section. They say two thieves made their way in posing as cops.It appears the suspects knew where the place was, and knew how the operation was once they got inside.Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters that police were called to the Kawa Food Distribution Center in the Fishtown section north of the city center shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday.Investigators said the center was preparing to open wh...
    Police are investigating a six-figure robbery at a distribution center in the city's Fishtown section. They say two thieves made their way in posing as cops.It appears the suspects knew where the place was, and knew how the operation was once they got inside.Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters that police were called to the Kawa Food Distribution Center in the Fishtown section north of the city center shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday.Investigators said the center was preparing to open wh...
  • Police: Man kills wife, wounds self at New Jersey hospital

    Police: Man kills wife, wounds self at New Jersey hospital

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:46:10 GMT
    Authorities say a man shot and killed his wife, then shot himself at a New Jersey hospital around 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
    Authorities say a man shot and killed his wife, then shot himself at a New Jersey hospital around 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices