By Gary Harki, The Virginian-Pilot
Sept. 19–PORTSMOUTH — A mother was arrested at James Hurst Elementary School on Friday after she ordered her child to fight a student whom she held down, police say.
Jeneve Marshall, 27, was arrested by a school resource officer shortly after the incident, said Misty Holley, Police Department spokeswoman.
Police said Marshall walked her child to a classroom. The student they attacked broke free, but Marshall tried to grab the student a second time — assaulting three other children who were in her way, Holley wrote in a statement.
The assault happened about 9 a.m., Holley said.
A teacher was in the classroom at the time, said Ari Durall, spokeswoman for Portsmouth Public Schools.
The children involved had minor injuries. Neither the police nor schools spokeswomen would provide the ages or genders of the children.
Marshall is charged with four counts of assault and battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and disorderly conduct. She is being held at Portsmouth City Jail. Durall said all students were sent home with a letter informing parents of the incident.
“All parents of children involved have been contacted,” said the note from Principal Evelyn Whitley. “The safety of our students is very important to James Hurst Elementary teachers, staff, and administration.”
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