Police: Hickman Mills School District teacher assaulted
41 Action News Staff
1:45 PM, Sep 6, 2013
6:40 PM, Sep 6, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Hickman Mills School District teacher was allegedly assaulted on Thursday, according to police.
It began when a disgruntled parent, Simone Baker, got into an altercation with Truman Elementary School teacher Phyllis White.
Baker reportedly approached White wanting to talk to her about what her son stated Ms. White did to him in class earlier that day.
Police say when White and school Principal Gavel told Baker she needed to come back the next day if she wanted to talk to discuss the incident, Baker ran out of the office and back down to White's classroom and yelled "You better not touch my kid again."
Baker then allegedly ran behind White's desk and began hitting her in the face five to 10 times as she held White' arm down by her side.
Police say Baker then grabbed White by her hair and picked her up out of the chair and struck her head against a file cabinet.
After the incident, Baker reportedly left the building on foot.
One parent at Truman Elementary sympathized with a 'protective parent'.
"This is your child," said Ryan Perry. "If you aren't going to protect them, who is?"
Sherrell Kennedy has a kindergartner in the school but with a different teacher. She was shocked to hear about the attack. "No words. No words. Who would do that?" But Kennedy, who has dealt with issues involving her own children, can't condone a violent attack. "I love my kids to death but you have to take yourself out of the situation and act like an adult."