A hammer wielding mom allegedly attacked a 9-year-old girl at Lafayette Elementary School in Oakland, according to a recent police report.
The suspect-in-question — Hasseemah Diemi — is a “known presence” at the school, and is said to be a mother to one of her alleged victim’s classmates.
According to a report from SFGate.com, the child was assaulted on Friday morning in one of the school bathrooms.
That’s when “a hammer-wielding woman” allegedly cornered the child. Authorities speculated that the attack could have been fueled by revenge, though it didn’t get much more specific than that.
“The preliminary speculation is that this was part of a family feud and some sort of revenge in the pursuit of that family feud,” an officer said. “There’s apparently an ongoing rivalry or feud between families, and this may have been an act of retribution or vengeance as part of that feud.”
On Friday, parents picking up their kids from Lafayette expressed their terror at the news.
“You leave them at school, and you believe they’re safe,” said Christopher Slaughter, 34, father of a 6-year-old student. “To come to school where little kids are, to commit an act of violence like that, it’s terrible.”
Officers were called to the scene just before 11 am to “investigate reports of an unprovoked attack on a third-grader” at the school.
The incident was initially called a “sexual assault” by a woman armed with a hammer, though police haven’t commented on specific injuries, only that “the suspect used a hammer to injure her,” the news site noted, and that the attack “was serious.”
The girl was moved to a hospital and is expected to recover, said Troy Flint, a spokesman for the Oakland Unified School District.
Diemi was arrested at the scene with the aid of a school security guard, Flint added.
She was then booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Alameda County prosecutors are deciding whether to file formal charges.
Starting Monday morning, Oakland police will station an officer at the school for “extra security measures” in the wake of the attack.
“We think this is an absolutely isolated incident, but we want to be on the safe side…. We’ll continue to work with students and staff there throughout the week,” Flint said. “Ordinarily, [Lafayette] is very quiet.”
Flint added: “The district also brought in a team of counselors and extra administrators to help students and staff, sent a note home to parents and talked to teachers about how to address the incident with students.”
If you’re thinking, “What the heck is wrong with adults nowadays?” you’re not alone.
Many were asking that same question after a mother attacked a child she thought to be her child’s bully only to find out she had the wrong kid. That happened last month.
If convicted of the alleged crime, what do you think a fitting punishment would be for this hammer wielding mom?
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