A mother sits in a Pittsburgh jail after she confessed that she attacked an elementary teacher who disciplined her child. Authorities say she stalked the teacher after she left school and ambushed her at a stop light as she sat in her car. The teacher claims the parent and her accomplices beat her with a brick.
Police say Daishonta Marie Williams, 29 (pictured above), was upset over an incident in which her ten-year-old daughter’s teacher, Janice Davis Watkins, confiscated a cell phone the child was using in class. That led to a confrontation in which the child bit Watkins, and Williams was called to the school over the matter.
During the meeting at school, Williams claimed that Watkins choked her daughter, a charge that has not been substantiated. The school issued a statement fully supporting Watkins and condemning Williams’ actions. Williams then told Watkins that she would get even, and when Watkins left the school later that day, Williams followed her.
According to Watkins, Williams and at least two other men confronted her at a stop light a short distance from the school, where she was hit in the face with a brick by Williams.
Police say Williams admitted “I ain’t gonna lie, I did it,’ during questioning, but denies using a brick. In an interview with a local TV station, she denies stalking Watkins in one sentence, but then immediately contradicts herself. “I didn’t technically follow her out the school. I waited for her to pull out and I followed her to the stop light.”
This is Watkins, the fourth grade teacher who was attacked.
During the incident, the furious mother reportedly pulled Watkins out of her vehicle and beat her in the assault authorities described as ‘horrifying.’
Williams, a resident of Pittsburgh’s North Side, has been charged with aggravated assault and stalking.
Police are also searching for a man believed to have taken part in the physical attack alongside Williams.
Watkins is out of the hospital and recovering on Thursday, just hours after Williams physically took her anger out on her in the middle of the busy intersection.
The cell phone confiscation incident happened at Pittsburgh King PreK-8 School, where Williams’s daughter attends the fourth grade.
The young student also allegedly retaliated by biting the teacher, KDKA-TV reported.
The school district has a ‘no cell phone’ policy that forbids students from bringing them to school.
When Watkins drove to a local clinic to get the bite wound examined, the parents followed her vehicle.
Pittsburgh Police say that at approximately 3:15pm, Watkins pulled up to the intersection of Route 65 and the West End Bridge.
She said, ‘I put my window down and the woman threw a brick through my window,’ and hit her in her face,’ said Betty Davis, Watkins’ mother.
‘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.”
Immediately after the assault, the perpetrators took off.
Watkins, heavily bleeding and dazed from the attack, dialed 911 immediately afterward.
She was treated in a local hospital for a lost tooth and facial injuries.
‘I didn’t technically follow her out the school. I waited for her to pull out and I followed her to the stop light.’
Police are still searching for the male suspects.
Here is local news coverage of the incident.