Mom pleads innocent in assault of teacher

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage mother who police say attacked her daughter's teacher pleaded innocent Tuesday in Anchorage District Court to charges of assault.

Angel S. Carter, 36, faces two counts of fourth-degree misdemeanor assault and one count of malicious destruction of property. Her trial is set for March 11.

Carter is free on her own recognizance and has been ordered by a judge to stay away from the teacher and Anchorage School District property.

Anchorage police say Carter walked into the fifth-grade classroom at Taku Elementary School on Dec. 13 and asked teacher Bonnie Lucca for documented daily reports on her daughter's behavior. At the time, the teacher was working on an assignment with students. When Lucca told Carter she couldn't speak with her until class ended and asked her to leave Carter became furious and attacked, pushing Lucca and pulling her hair, police said.

Lucca tried to call for help, but Carter grabbed the classroom telephone and tore it off the wall, police said. Other teachers separated the two. Lucca suffered minor injuries, including a scratch and bruises.

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