"A dimple-cheeked 13-year-old was arrested last week after she was accused of stabbing her teacher on his hands – with a comb, officials said.
Antwanise Richardson was handcuffed and taken to the precinct despite statements by fellow Middle School 246 students saying they saw the teacher shove her first, Education Department documents show.
“I can’t go to school. I miss it. I’m not learning while I’m at home,” Antwanise said.
When a friend arrived to class, Antwanise bounded to the door to open it. Teacher Souleymane Seydi, 61, tried to block her exit from class by pushing her, two students said in official statements.
Police say there’s no record the teacher touched Antwanise, saying she threatened him. When he stopped her from approaching the door, she stabbed him with a metal comb, causing injuries to his fingers, police said.
Seydi’s injuries from the ensuing scuffle were too minor to merit a trip to the hospital, documents show, but Antwanise was arrested on felony assault charges.
School officials and police tried to persuade the teacher not to press charges, Antwanise’s parents alleged. A source at the school acknowledged there was a mediation effort that failed.
“They took it too far. They really took it too far. This is a child. She’s 13,” said her mom, Antionette McLaughlin, 41.
“I was dumbfounded. I couldn’t believe they arrested her. It was self-defense.”
Education Department spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said the principal referred the incident to investigators. Seydi did not return calls for comment.
The teen’s dad, Harold McLaughlin, 42, wanted the teacher arrested, but police declined because his daughter was not physically harmed, he said" - Via Daily News - firstname.lastname@example.org