Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Teacher hit with brick after confiscating student's phone

Teacher hit with brick after confiscating student's phone

According to KDKA, teacher Janice Watkins confiscated a fourth-grade student's phone on Wednesday because the district has a "no cellphone" policy. "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".

Williams is accused of following Watkins in her auto, throwing a brick at her auto at a red light, dragging her out of the vehicle and assaulting her.

Williams previously told Channel 11 News that she followed Watkins as she left the school and approached her as she sat in her vehicle near the West End Bridge.

Dai'Shonta Williams, 29, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, stalking and reckless endangerment, according to KDKA.

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

The alleged attack stemmed from a dispute that began when the teacher tried to confiscate Williams' daughter's cell phone, and a physical confrontation allegedly ensued, the complaint says.

Janice Watkins, 46, is a teacher at a PreK-8 school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Watkins, heavily bleeding and dazed from the attack, dialed 911 immediately afterward.

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'I didn't technically follow her out the school.

Watkins' husband also described her injuries, saying his wife is in a lot of pain but feels lucky to be alive. "I regret the way I went about the situation, but as a mother, you're not going to put your hands around my child's neck".

'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. She is in stable condition at a local hospital, according to the station.

Watkins had a parent-teacher conference Wednesday about the incident during which her children said she was threatened by both parents.

"I think she can teach again, but she definitely should look for another place to go teach", said the husband.

District spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said violence against a Pittsburgh Public Schools staff member is unacceptable and the suspect "must be held accountable for such horrifying behavior". Investigators said that she denied using a brick and claimed to have punched her.

"This horrific attack is the most appalling act that I have had to address in my six years as your president", Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers president Nina Esposito-Visgitis said in an emailed statement.

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