A middle school math teacher was arrested after allegedly hitting two juveniles outside a Florida McDonald’s following a verbal fight involving her child.
What are the details?
Bartow police said two groups of students were involved in verbal fight at a Bartow High School basketball game Friday night, WFLA-TV reported.
After the game, the dueling groups of students moved to the Bartow McDonald’s, the station said.
Police said Liquindella Clark — a sixth-grade math teacher at Bartow Middle School — aggressively approached one of the students who had been arguing with her child, the Ledger reported. Clark’s child is a teenager, WTVJ-TV said.
Police said Clark threatened the juvenile but was removed from the lobby and directed to the parking lot by an unknown man, the Ledger added.
But police said Clark waited in the parking lot until the group of juveniles came outside, after which a physical fight ensued, the outlet noted.
Police said Clark hit one girl in the face and removed her wig and also hit another juvenile in the head, the Ledger reported, adding that neither child was seriously injured.
Clark was arrested at the scene early Saturday morning on felony child abuse charges and taken to the Polk County Jail, the outlet reported, adding that she was released Sunday.
What did the school district have to say?
Schools were closed Monday for Presidents’ Day, but “when teachers return on Tuesday, [Clark] will be placed on paid administrative leave,” Polk County Public Schools’ spokesman Jason Geary told the Ledger.
Clark began her career with the school district in August 2008, Geary added to the outlet.
A county inmate profile indicates Clark is 49.