Mum went on angry rampage hunting teacher in school after daughter was bullied
A mum whose daughter was being bullied went on an angry rampage through her school and assaulted the assistant head teacher, a court heard.
Charlene Wicks, 34, shouted and swore out loud as she stormed through the corridors during lessons while hunting for a teacher she wanted to speak to.
When assistant head Rebecca Cain blocked the entrance of a classroom the angry mum was looking for, Wicks assaulted her by pushing her out of the way.
She then remonstrated with music teacher Nicola Jennings in front of the pupils, shouting at her “who the f*** are you?”
Miss Jennings was left feeling scared for her own safety and had to be protected by two members of staff during the incident.
Miss Wicks left the middle school after the police had been called.
While Miss Cain was talking to police officers afterwards she broke down in tears and was physically shaking from the ordeal.
A court heard mum-of-three Wicks went to Cranborne Middle School in Dorset after being “fobbed off” over complaints she made that her daughter was being persistently bullied by another pupil.
She wanted to speak “face-to-face” with Miss Jennings over the matter.
Richard Oakley, prosecuting, said reception staff told Wicks Miss Jennings was unavailable so the mum entered the school anyway and began opening classroom doors looking for her.
Mr Oakley said: “The defendant attended the school with the intention of speaking to one of the teachers, Miss Jennings.
“She entered the school premises despite being told not to and went looking for her. Other members of staff became involved trying to stop her.
“As the defendant approached the music room she (Miss Cain) stood in front of the door trying to stop her from going in.
“She assaulted her by pushing on her arms to try to get her out of the way.
“She was very aggressive, shouting, and her body language was aggressive.
“Two members of staff physically had to put themselves between Miss Jennings and the defendant.
“She followed Miss Jennings into the corridor swearing ‘I don’t fing care, who the f are you?’ and so on.”
Reading a statement from Miss Cain, Mr Oakley said: “When I went home it was still playing on my mind, I kept thinking about the fact this happened in front of children.
“It has changed my view of my work place and how safe it is. The incident has badly dented my confidence.”
Reading a statement from Miss Jennings, he said: “I have always told our children school is a safe place to be. But Mrs Wicks has totally shattered my belief.
“During the incident I was shocked. I remember feeling disorientated trying to get away from her.
“I was scared for my safety, I was still shaking that evening when I got home.”
Mr Oakley added: “Clearly this incident had quite a severe impact on both witnesses.”
Wicks was banned from the school for several weeks after the incident on November 29 last year.
Terry Scanlan, defending, said his client was very apologetic for what she did and has since repaired her relationship with the school.
He said: “She seeks to apologise for her behaviour that day. She expresses her shame and her regret that any distress was caused by her actions.
“At the time this incident happened her daughter had been the victim of persistent bullying.
“A boy in her class was considered to be responsible for stealing small items such as dinner money or pencil cases, it eventually escalated to assault when she was pushed. This went on over many months.
“While there was some discussion with the school there was no improvement with the situation. She felt it was not being treated seriously enough.
“By the time this incident occurred her daughter was not eating, she was refusing to go to school and not sleeping.
“Mrs Wicks was beside herself wondering how to deal with it. Like any protective mother she was very anxious to sort the situation out.”
Mr Scanlan went on to describe how Wicks felt the school was being “unhelpful and dismissive”.
He added: “On November 29 she did speak to the school but felt she was being fobbed off.
“She felt the response was very unhelpful and dismissive.
“That was really the trigger for the subsequent behaviour and she lost her self control.
“She decided to go into the school to speak to this teacher face to face.
“That was unwise, she accepts that now.
“This was completely out of character for her. She’s a respectable, settled housewife.
“She lives in a rural location, is mother to three children and her husband is a landscape gardener.”
Wicks pleaded guilty to assaulting Miss Cain and to a charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress to Miss Jennings.
Magistrates in Poole decided to adjourn sentencing for reports. Wicks, from Wimborne, is due back in court in December.