Mom, daughter arrested for encouraging fight at elementary school
BATON ROUGE- A mother is jail after sheriff's deputies said she encouraged her two sons to beat up another student at Progress Elementary in Baton Rouge. Her older daughter, who was also present and allegedly took part, was also arrested.
Authorities say Karen and Whitney Moses trespassed onto school property and assaulted a schoolteacher while egging on the fight that happened last Thursday.
Lakeisha Moses, one of Karen Moses' daughters, told News 2 the fight was a result of constant bullying from a group of students at school.
"My little brothers come home, they didn't want to tell me mom at first," Lakeisha Moses said. "But my brothers said they were being picked on, bullied, and someone called my little brother gay."
Lakeisha said one of the bullies was her brother's next-door neighbor, the same boy investigators said Karen and Whitney Moses encouraged the boys to beat up. One of the women even blocked a teacher from breaking up the fight, according to an sheriff's office incident report.
Lacretia Taylor, the mother of the boy who was attacked at the school, said the boys have fought in the past but that her son was not a part of the bullying. She added that if there was a problem she would have liked it to be resolved outside of school.
"Just this past weekend before this happened [the boys] were outside playing with each other. So I don't understand why this time she didn't come to me and talk instead of taking things into her own hands," Lacretia Taylor said.
According to a family member Karen Moses' sons were expelled from school over the incident.
East Baton Rouge Parish School officials say the principal of Progress Elementary did meet with Karen Moses on several occasions to discuss bullying, but they claim the incidents they were told about happened off school campus so ultimately they were not responsible.
Karen and Whitney Moses were booked in the East Baton Rouge Parish jail and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, disturbing the peace, criminal trespassing and assault on a school teacher.