LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 33-year-old mother was behind bars Thursday after a verbal confrontation turned physical and she allegedly attacked a teacher at a South Los Angeles middle school.
Kiki Lolita Fowler was arrested Wednesday morning by Los Angeles Unified School District police on felony battery charges at the campus of John Muir Middle School.
CBS2 and KCAL9 were first alerted to the incident by an anonymous tip to our newsroom:
“There was a brutal teacher attack at John Muir Middle School today. A parent with two of her children attacked a teacher just outside her classroom . . . . I do think the public awareness of this event is needed. This event has been brewing for some time and the need to have some kind safety procedures in place at our local schools is essential.”
According to LAUSD spokesperson Tom Waldman, Fowler and her two daughters attempted to make an appointment at the school’s special education office around 9 a.m., but were turned away for unknown reasons and instructed the leave the campus.
The trio then entered a classroom and physically confronted an unidentified female teacher in front of her students.
School officials say after the teacher fell to the ground, one of the girls hit her with a shoe.
The teacher suffered bruises and a possible neck injury, but did not seek treatment at a hospital.
LAUSD police responded to the fight and subsequently arrested Fowler and her two daughters.
The girl who hit the teacher with a shoe is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon. It is unclear what charges, if any, Fowler’s other daughter will face.
One of the girl is a student at John Muir Middle School, officials said.
Fellow teacher Karen Orpe says the victim is “a well respected teacher, has been for several years and a part of a dynamic and important department in our school.”
Fowler’s bail has been set at $20,000.