The 34-year-old woman reportedly assaulted the teacher during a parent-teacher conference last month. The parent-teacher meeting was reportedly called because her son was continuing to have issues with other students. The child’s social studies teacher, the school principal and the assistant principal were present for the meeting when the child’s social studies teacher, reportedly told the mother: “You need to learn how to raise your child.”
The 34-year-old mother from Florida, Stephanie Armas, is now charged with battery.
Authorities said this incident occurred on Feb. 14 at the Palmetto Middle School.
The parent-teacher meeting was reportedly called because Armas’ eighth-grade son was continuing to have issues with other students. The child’s social studies teacher, the school principal and the assistant principal were present for the meeting.
At the meeting, Ersoff told Armas that her son was acting up in class. The mother responded that the boy was likely reacting to being assaulted.
Per reports, Mayade Ersoff, the child’s social studies teacher, reportedly told Armas: “You need to learn how to raise your child.”
Unfortunately, her comment didn’t sit well with the 34-year-old mother. The mother allegedly struck the teacher on the shoulder, the New York Post reports.
The 34-year-old woman then threw a picture frame at the teacher and spat on the principal’s desk.
Armas reportedly turned herself into police the following day and was charged with battery.
The 34-year-old mother pleaded not guilty.
Local 10 News reports that the involved teacher reportedly said she doesn’t believe her comment to the 34-year-old mother was inappropriate.
Mayade Ersoff, the child’s social studies teacher, reportedly said:
“No, because teachers are human beings and especially in this situation with COVID – with everything that we’ve gone through – the disrespect by a lot of the students and some of the parents, it’s just out of control.”
The MDC schools officials released the following statement:
“The MDCPS community, including employees and visitors, is reminded to do its part by serving as positive role models for the students of this District, and avoid disrupting the safe and positive learning environment that is expected at all of our schools.”
Armas’ attorney, Frank Quintero, claimed that after Ersoff’s remarks about his clients’ parenting, the teacher reportedly made a move toward Armas, when the school principal told her to leave the room.
His client felt threatened, so she reportedly swung her purse to protect herself. This incident remains under investigation. This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available.