CLIFTON, Staten Island (PIX11) — A mom allegedly attacked a school safety agent in Staten Island on Tuesday morning, police said.
The safety agent was taken from IS 49 to a hospital for treatment, officials said. Police arrested Allena Abrams, 43, on an assault charge.
Abrams “forcibly threw” the agent to the ground after a verbal dispute escalated, an NYPD spokeswoman said. The school safety agent suffered a laceration to the right forearm.
The dispute began when the mom sent a 14-year-old child to the school to pick up his younger sister on the first day of summer classes, a spokesperson for the school safety agents union said. The teen was told children can not be released to underage individuals. Then the mom came to the school and allegedly attacked the school safety agent.
“Violence has absolutely no place in our schools, and this senseless act against an essential member of our school community is reprehensible,” Department of Education spokesperson Jenna Lyle said. “The NYPD’s committed School Safety Agents work every day to keep our children safe, and we are supporting the NYPD in its investigation of this incident.”