Paterson woman unhappy with child’s suspension allegedly assaulted School 20 vice principal, police report | Paterson Times

Paterson woman unhappy with child’s suspension allegedly assaulted School 20 vice principal, police report


The mother of a city student has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly assaulting the vice principal of School 20, according to police report. The mother was unhappy with her child’s suspension from school, report says.

Police charged 35-year-old Lakisha Mack with aggravated assault for allegedly punching vice principal Petula Brown in the face during a post suspension conference inside a School 20 conference room on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Brown told police she fell to the ground and Mack allegedly “continued punching” until a teacher and security officers appeared on the scene. The teacher heard commotion coming from the conference room and responded. She saw Brown laying on the floor and Mack on top of her. The teacher told police she saw Mack punch Brown “twice” in the face.

The teacher intervened. She grabbed Mack’s arm. Mack allegedly told her to “get the f*ck off my arm or I’m going to f*ck you up.” The security officers responded and subdued Mack breaking up the altercation, says the police report.

Mack told police she was unhappy with the suspension of her child. She said a “heated verbal dispute” occurred between her and the vice principal. She related Brown allegedly grabbed her by the left side of her face and a physical altercation ensued. The incident happened at about 9:14 a.m.

Another parent, who was in the same conference, witnessed the entire incident. This parent, mother of another student, confirmed Mack’s account of the incident, according to the police report.

Police determined Mack was the alleged “aggressor” in the incident. She was charged with aggravated assault and taken to police headquarters for processing.

Brown has been at School 20 for the past three school years, according to a district official. She has been working at the district for the past 20 years and has never had any similar incidents, said school officials.

This is the second assault incident on a vice principal this month. On June 5th, 2017, a student was suspended after violently shoving and cursing at the vice principal of School 8. A representative for the union that represents vice principals could not be reached for comment.

A judge will have to reconcile the differing accounts of the incident.

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  • David Davis


    • Zakiyyah Mack

      They state protects they own that's why


        calm down cuz, I read the story and I know Kisha too.

  • Tinesha Taylor-McGriff

    This is crazy,If the other parent was in the room y aren't they listening to that parent she clearly knows what really happened!!!!

    • MarquinhoGaucho

      was the parent friends with Mack?

      • Zakiyyah Mack

        No she was not. Was the people that so called seen what happen friends of Brown? Stop passing judgment if you don't know the whole story marquinhoGaucho

    • Zakiyyah Mack

      When it's all said and done. You will see how political this is.

  • Liz Nowak Harwood

    For all who don't know: kids are assaulting us, parents are assaulting us, and I, as a veteran teacher of 20 years will press charges against any who do! Is this a secret? Does anyone really wonder why no one wants to teach anymore? We are going to go back to the dark ages of the 70's and 80's where any warm body will do to teach in the inner city classrooms. Why do you think they are contracting out for paras? Our special populations are hitting, biting etc. and its easier to get rid of a per-diem (or control them to the point of where they won't file charges for fear of being fired) than a person who has a contract.

    • MarquinhoGaucho

      This is why Paterson needs to be like its neighbors and have a zero tolerance policy. When was the last time a kid was expelled in Paterson? They play musical schools thats it. Your kid is a menace to to other students, assaults a staff member or brings weapons or drugs in the school . EXPELLED! Let the parent move or pay for a private school.

      • Zakiyyah Mack

        Everybody had the answer as if you already who at fault I bet you when it's all said and done. And your wrong. You will still have something negative to say. It had nothing to do with the kid. All you wanna be educated people need to hear both sides. Ask questions instead of assuming

    • Zakiyyah Mack

      First I need you to read the story, second I need you to pick the story apart, then I need you take out the important part of the story. Common sense does it say anywhere in the story that the child attacked Brown. When you see that let me know. Don't compare the two story's like the author did. One definitely has nothing to do with the other.

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    Apple doesnt fall far from the tree. Mom thinks worldstarhiphop was filming…

    • Zakiyyah Mack

      And your a teacher right what kind of derogatory statement is that? If you feel that way, why are you teaching in the city of Paterson?

      • MarquinhoGaucho

        I am not a teacher but I am a Paterson parent who would never assault anyone at my kids school.

  • Cathy

    After working with Mrs. Brown in another school, I have no doubt that she was NOT the aggressor. She was always kind and understanding with all of our students. People have no idea how many time teachers and administrators have been verbally and physically assaulted. Many times teachers do not press charges because they have such empathy for our students. From the kindergarten student to the high schooler, respect for teachers and authority figures is gone. I worked in Paterson for 34 years. This is NOTHING NEW.

    • Zakiyyah Mack

      You don't know everything about everyone.. keep your non important opinion to yourself.

      • Cathy

        Thanks for your opinion.