Posted April 24, 2008 – An Atlanta teacher says she was beat down by a student and the student’s mother following an argument over a grade.
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Police say they arrested Georgia Thornton, 44, and her 17-year-old daughter, Sequita, for assaulting Felecia Williams, who teaches at Southside High School in late February.
The mother was charged with battery on a school teacher, disrupting public schools and criminal trespassing, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Sequita, who was permanently expelled from Southside, was charged with battery on a teacher and disrupting public schools, the report says. She must also pay $500 toward the teacher's medical expenses, Joe Manguno, a spokesman for Atlanta Public Schools, told the Journal-Constitution.
Williams said she had called a meeting with the mother to discuss her daughter’s grades and shaky attendance. A couple weeks later, Thornton and her daughter walked into Williams’ classroom and began arguing about a book, the newspaper reports. When Williams asked them to leave, the mother pushed past her and grabbed the book off her desk. Witnesses told police that when Williams tried to get the book back, the mother pulled the teacher’s hair and threw her to the ground, while Sequita stomped the teacher.
"She was swinging me by my hair, and my shoes flew off my feet," Williams said, the Journal-Constitution reports. "Then I was on the ground, and they were both pounding on me. I was terrified. So were my students."
Georgia Thornton said that Williams had hit her daughter, according to a police report. She said that she was angry because the teacher was robbing her Sequita on a grade.