A mother who was arrested after allegedly assaulting her child's teacher at Lincoln High School in Dallas last week is claiming that it was the teacher who delivered the first blow.
Jessica Monroe, 34, faces a charge of assault of a public servant for pushing her teen's teacher up against the wall and punching her in the face and forehead several times last Friday.
A Dallas ISD Police arrest report said the principal of Lincoln, the teacher and the parent were having a parent conference meeting on March 7 at 3:30 p.m. in a conference room at Lincoln HS.
The parent-teacher conference became "very heated," according to the report, between the teacher and the suspect. The principal asked the teacher, Iris Wyatt, to leave the room, so the teacher left and went into the hallway.
Monroe then reportedly jumped out of her chair and went into the hallway to attack the teacher.
The report said the teacher had swelling to her face and forehead and was taken to the hospital by her husband.
However, on Tuesday, Monroe told FOX 4 a different account of the incident.
Monroe said the confrontation started Friday over the phone after the female teacher tried to go through her son's cell phone.
"She snatched the phone from Jaylon's ear and she was cursing and using offensive language toward me," said Monroe. "And I told her, ‘I'm on my way up there.'"
Monroe says she, the teacher and the principal ended up in a conference room.
"The principal asked her to leave because the conversation was getting heated," said Monroe. "Upon her getting up, she slammed a chair into me."
On Tuesday, Monroe showed FOX 4 pictures of a bruise on her leg.
"She kicked me as I'm coming out the door, and that's when we started fighting," said Monroe.
Monroe and her father both said they tried to file a counter charge against the teacher, but that neither DISD nor Dallas police would accept it.
Joe Tave is a member of the Texas State Teacher's Association and has taught in public schools for decades.
He believes the school campus has become an increasingly dangerous place for teachers -- from students and parents, and that school administrators must enforce zero tolerance policies on physical threats and violence.
"It's a matter of grave concern that I think everybody needs to take a look at," said Tave.
Monroe is currently out of jail after posting a $1,500 bond. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
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