As a parent, probably one of the hardest things to digest is to be told by your child’s teacher that your son and your daughter is misbehaving in class. While a parent’s natural reaction is a swift rebuke, there are others who believe that the right to criticize a child is his parent’s privilege. Recently, a North Carolina woman was arrested and charged with attempted murder after threatening to kill her son’s teacher, because she had the gall to say that the child is naughty.
North Carolina Woman Attacks Teacher
According to the Durham Police Department, Shaquella Sheala Leonard, a 30-year-old mother was taken into custody and charged with using a deadly weapon with the intent of committing murder. A Durham Police spokesperson declared that Leonard’s story began when she was called by her son’s teacher in order to discuss the boy’s academic situation.
The meeting that would end with the woman’s imprisonment was scheduled for Monday. According to the woman’s testimony, she went to her son’s school, after being called upon. The teacher told the North Carolina woman that her son was often caught misbehaving in class, and that something must be done upon.
Baffling enough, instead of telling her son’s teacher that she’ll do her best to discipline the child, Leonard reportedly got angry and started yelling at the teacher. Apparently, the school’s principal was also attending this meeting. When he saw that the woman started to act up when approached with her son’s behavior, the principal asked Leonard to leave the office.
Leonard Wanted to Set the Teacher on Fire
At that point, the North Carolina woman allegedly reached for her purse and took out a metal container filled with lighter fluid. To show them that she means business, Leonard sprayed her son’s teacher with lighter fluid, took out a lighter, and threatened to set her on fire because of the things she said about her child.
The principal immediately notified the authorities, who managed to subdue Leonard before she went through with her plan. In addition, a team of paramedics was dispatched to treat the teacher for non-life-threatening injuries. Reportedly, the poor woman was unable to keep her eyes open, as her eyelids were filled with lighter fluid.
According to the Durham Police Department spokesperson, Leonard was arrested and charged with attempted manslaughter using a deadly weapon. At the moment, she’s being held in a North Carolina jail, pending her trial. A magistrate set Leonard’s bond at $500,000.
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