Long Island math teacher ambushed in hallway by irate mother

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Long Island Teacher Assaulted By Irate Mother And Teen Student

A Long Island middle school teacher is recovering after an irate mother and her teen niece beat her unconscious in the school.
According to WCBS, 34-year-old Anika McKenzie allegedly walked past a security checkpoint at Alberta Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempstead on Wednesday afternoon and ambushed math teacher, Catherine Engelhardt. Mckenzie says the teacher put her hands on her twelve-year-old daughter earlier that day, though the union says there's no proof that any such incident took place.

Reports claim McKenzie shoved the 22-year teaching veteran against a wall, and placed her in a chokehold until she lost consciousness. At this point McKenzie and her 14-year-old niece, who also goes to the school, began punching and kicking Engelhardt.

McKenzie is charged with with second degree assault and strangulation, and her niece has been charged as a minor.

The teacher is recovering at home but told WABC on Thursday, "It's not like I thought a parent would do something, but I knew something violent was going to happen. I've warned them time and again that the children have no respect for adults. Yes, I fear for my safety. They can't control the kids."

The assault is bringing calls for tighter security at the school district.

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