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

Carla Harmon
October 21, 2017

The teacher, identified as 46-year-old Janice Watkins, confiscated a phone from a fourth grade girl, who then allegedly bit her. Sources say the student's parents came to school, with the mother allegedly telling the teacher she was "going to get even". The teacher accused Williams' daughter of biting her after a dispute over a cellphone, and the student said Davis-Watkins choked her, the website said.

While mother and teacher were meeting, the girl claimed that Watkins had choked her.

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 then opened the door, pulled Williams from the vehicle and began punching and kicking her, according to the complaint.

Daishonta Williams was charged Thursday with stalking, reckless endangerment, making terroristic threats and aggravated assault.

In the assault, Watkins suffered facial injuries and broke a tooth.

Around 3:15 p.m., Watkins sat at a busy intersection when Williams approached her auto, said Pittsburgh Police.

Suspect Daishonta Marie Williams, 29, allegedly waited for Pittsburgh King elementary school teacher Janice Davis Watkins after school Wednesday.

Watkins' husband also described her injuries, saying his wife is in a lot of pain but feels lucky to be alive. She is in stable condition at a local hospital, according to the station.

"Her face was numb, she has lumps all along her forehead and all along the side of her face. It was caused by somebody else doing something insane".

Watkins, heavily bleeding and dazed from the attack, dialed 911 immediately afterward. She was unable to post the $50,000 bail and was taken to jail.

Williams previously told Channel 11 News that she followed Watkins as she left the school and approached her as she sat in her auto near the West End Bridge. Police are still working to find the man that reportedly accompanied Williams.

Williams' preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 2, KDKA reported.

The school district has a strict no-phone policy mandated for students.

Pittsburgh Public Schools said in a statement: "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".

District officials are cooperating police and wish Watkins well as she recovers, the statement added, KDKA reported.

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