Parent arrested after assaulting Portsmouth school administrator

Elise Brown reports.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- Bond has been set for the woman who was arrested Tuesday after police say she assaulted an assistant principal at her child's elementary school.

Just before 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 27, the school resource officer for Lakeview Elementary School received a telephone call about a disorderly parent in the main office.

The school resource officer immediately responded to the school but the parent had already left the location.

After speaking with witnesses, the school resource officer determined that the parent came to the school to speak to an assistant principal about a matter involving her child. After being unsatisfied with the administrator's final decision on the matter, the parent stood up and hit the administrator in the head, causing her to briefly lose consciousness.

The parent then became disorderly, shouting and drawing attention to herself, before leaving the school.

No children witnessed the physical altercation with the administrator or the parent's behavior in the main office.

After obtaining the parent's information, the school resource officer located her at her home and took her into custody without incident.

The parent has been identified as 43-year-old Tracy Lawrence of Portsmouth. She has been charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct.

She is currently being held at the Portsmouth City Jail on a $10,000 bond.


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