A Kansas City kindergarten teacher was beaten by a student's mom in a bizarre altercation this week. The Kansas City Star reported the details on Sept. 6, and 24-year-old Simone Baker is very likely in some serious trouble.
The incident happened at Truman Elementary School Thursday evening. Simone Baker's 6-year-old son had arrived home with a scratch on his neck, and he indicated it had come during some type of discipline from his teacher, Phyllis White, 49.
Baker called the school and then rushed into the school, racing past the principal and into her child's classroom. Simone Baker then allegedly pulled the teacher out of her chair, hit her in the face five to 10 times, and bashed her head into a file cabinet.
The kindergarten teacher luckily was not badly injured. The boy's father went to the school Friday with his son and told both authorities and administrators that the teacher had not harmed the boy the prior day. The school district says they will prosecute Baker to “the fullest extent of the law." She has been issued a ticket for assault and has an Oct. 22 court date.
Burnout in the field of education is high, and many teachers regularly indicate that the parents tend to be more difficult to handle than the kids. Clearly in this situation that is the case. Some are parents are seemingly sympathizing with Simone Baker, feeling that she did the right thing by sticking up for her kid. However, it would seem most would acknowledge that racing in to beat up a teacher is not only outrageous and illegal, but it is setting a truly poor example for the child involved.
Luckily it is not often that a parent physically assaults a teacher. It would seem in this instance Simone Baker is quite lucky her alleged assault did not cause serious injuries, and it will be interesting to see what comes next for her in terms of charges and consequences.