Education

Ohio Mom Sentenced To Over A Year In Prison For Attacking Staff At Her Son's School

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Ohio mother who was convicted of assaulting a teacher, a cafeteria worker and the principal at her son’s school was sentenced to 14 months in jail this week.

Jessica Smallwood, 25, of Akron, pleaded guilty to three counts of assault stemming from a Feb. 21 incident in which she attacked staff at Grover Elementary School after they informed her she needed a visitor’s badge to have breakfast with her 7-year-old special needs son.

When Smallwood entered the cafeteria, Principal Nancy Ritch told her she required a badge. She reportedly became annoyed and argued with the principal. She cursed at staff before pushing a teacher and knocking Ritch to the floor, police said.

When a cafeteria worker intervened, Smallwood allegedly hit her.

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The elementary school was placed on lockdown.

Smallwood’s son witnessed the incident and saw her led away in handcuffs.

Ritch suffered head injuries from the attack and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Smallwood was sentenced Tuesday by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Jane Davis.

“She was very upset and surprised that she was sentenced to prison,” her defense attorney John Greven told the Akron Beacon Journal.

Smallwood has never served time before, although she has a 2011 conviction for trafficking marijuana and attempted evidence tampering, the Beacon Journal reported.

Her son is in the care of family members.

Sources: Daily Mail, Akron Beacon Journal

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons / Micah Sittig, Wikipedia