The mother of a Stephen F. Austin High School student has been charged with felony assault for punching an assistant principal in the head and breaking his glasses.
The incident happened early Thursday morning in the high school cafeteria. According to an affidavit filed Saturday in Travis County Municipal Court, Christie E. Franklin, 36, got into a violent confrontation with several female students.
An AISD police officer said Franklin’s daughter and the girls had been feuding since last school year. Her daughter and one of the girls had just the previous day signed an administrative “stay away” agreement.
Franklin and her daughter went up the girls, who were sitting at a table in the school cafeteria and started a verbal argument. Franklin’s daughter tried to pull her away, but as they were leaving, Franklin shoved one of the girls hard enough to push her backwards, according to the affidavit.
Franklin and the girl began to fight. Two other girls who attempted to stop the fight were hit by Franklin in the process. One of them was repeatedly punched in the back of the head, the affidavit said.
Assistant Principal Conner Grady then intervened, attempting to pull Franklin off the students. Franklin punched him in the right side of the face, breaking his glasses and bruising his face, according to the affidavit.
Franklin has been charged with assault on causing bodily injury to a public servant, a felony of the third degree, for punching Grady. Police said previously she’d be charged with counts of assault for hitting the girls as well.
Franklin has been ordered to stay at least 200 yards away from the school.