Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Enraged parents attack teacher with a brick after cellphone taken from student

Enraged parents attack teacher with a brick after cellphone taken from student

A teacher in Pittsburgh was allegedly followed and assaulted by the parents of a student after taking a cellular phone away during class on Wednesday, it was reported.

Pittsburgh Police Thursday arrested Daishonta Marie Williams, 29, of the North Side for the alleged assault on Pittsburgh King pre K-8 teacher Janice Davis Watkins. "And that's when she said, 'I told you I would get you, ' and [Watkins] said, 'I didn't realize it was two other people, ' but she said she felt something hit her in the back and it was two men".

She goes by the name "Miss Williams" and said that she only acted after learning the teacher allegedly choked her 10-year-old daughter.

"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 told WXPI. She denied throwing a brick but said she did punch Watkins in the face.

Police said Williams is facing multiple charges, including aggravated assault, stalking, terroristic threats, and recklessly endangering another person.

Cellphones are forbidden in the school district.

Williams, who was charged in the assault, later accused Watkins of choking her daughter while punishing her.

Watkins' husband spoke to KDKA, but didn't want to be identified because he was concerned for his family's safety.


"We are deeply troubled by the violent act against a teacher of the Pittsburgh Public Schools that occurred on the West End Bridge yesterday afternoon, and we are now cooperating with the City of Pittsburgh Police Department's investigation", the school district said in a statement Thursday.

Watkins was taken to a hospital for facial injuries and lost a tooth.

Violence of any kind against a PPS staff member or citizen is unacceptable, and the individuals responsible must be held accountable for such horrifying behavior.

The woman approached Watkins' auto and allegedly threw a brick through her open driver's side window.

After the meeting, Williams said the teacher "was going to get it later", according to the Gazette.

"My heart goes out to the child, because what has that mother taught that child?" Most states require a search warrant but a Florida statute gives school officials the right to confiscate and search a student's phone if they believe the students are engaging in suspicious or illegal activity in school.

Watkins on her way home and sitting in traffic when she saw a black male and female exit a vehicle, investigators told the station.

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