Long Island math teacher ambushed in hallway by irate mother
A Long Island middle school teacher is recovering after an irate mother and her teen niece beat her unconscious in the school.
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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