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Mother charged in Austin High assault

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Just before the start of the school day, the mother of an Austin High School student walked into the cafeteria.

"The girl, she walked in first, without her mother and came to the table and talked for a little bit and everybody was asking her 'are you okay?' 'You don't need to do this,'" Senior, Haven Atwood, said. "I guess it seemed like there was gonna be a fight."

Atwood says she saw it all happen.

"It was a straight up fight," Atwood added.

AISD Police Chief, Eric Mendez, said, "Apparently, the adult female's child has been having some ongoing altercation, or incidences, issues with another student."

Mendez says 36-year-old Christie Franklin walked up to a female student, starting a verbal argument.

"The parent engaged that student, with hostility, anger, was prepared to fight the student, began to swing wildly, is my understanding," added Mendez. "In the process of throwing punches, the parent struck at least two other students and an assistant principal."

Atwood said, "She was coming in cussing...She was like, 'where is this, who's talking about my baby?'"

"The girl moved all the chairs and was like, ready to fight," added another student.

"We hear this screaming and yelling and all the cops just run to the cafeteria," said Chandler Walker, a sophomore at Austin High. "All of these people are just swarming and just start fighting and kicking."

Another student added, "The girl had said that, um, she was being bullied by those girls."


The girl's mother was arrested on school property and now faces two charges of assault with injury, plus assault on a public servant.

"They just dragged her out," added Chandler.

A letter was sent home to parents, alerting them of the incident on campus.

Chandler said, "We have a lot of fights at our school, like a lot more than Westlake and other schools, so I do think that the bullying was an issue and the mom tried to step in."

Police say while this is a learning opportunity in terms of school security, parents should also take something away from the fight.

"A parent does not have the right to engage a student at school because they feel their child is being bullied," said Mendez.

The mother who was arrested did not use the school's check-in system, which would have alerted administrators she was on campus.

Police are still investigating the incident and the bullying allegations. So far, they believe this is an isolated incident.

Franklin's mugshot and bond information should be available Friday morning.


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