Mom charged after allegedly punching child’s principal

Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville mother was arrested and charged with assault after she allegedly punched an elementary school principal in the face Monday.

It happened at Taylor Stratton Elementary School.

Mother Ericka Harris said her child was having problems with another child on the school bus.


Harris reportedly showed up to the school because she didn’t like the way the principal handled the situation.

According to an arrest warrant obtained by News 2, Principal Renita Perkins said she spoke with the children and told them to stay away from each other or they would not be allowed to ride the bus.

Harris allegedly went into the school’s office and demanded to speak with Perkins.

When Perkins told Harris she sternly talked to Harris’ child, the mother told Perkins she wasn’t allowed to yell at her child.

That’s when Perkins told Harris she wasn’t allowed to tell her how to run her school.

According to the arrest warrant, that’s when Harris punched Perkins under her left eye and threw a book with a metal lock attached at her.

Metro schools declined our request for an on camera interview but sent News 2 the following statement regarding the incident.

We are very disappointed the dedicated educator and principal of Taylor Stratton Elementary School was assaulted by a parent on Friday, March 7. We would like to thank our school security personnel and the Metro Police Department for quickly responding to this incident. We have enhanced the school’s security to encourage a positive academic environment that ensures the safety of all involved. Violence against employees, not matter who is the perpetrator, will not be tolerated in any way. Special protocols are also in place to continue offering the family involved access to all educational opportunities available in Metro Schools,” Joe Bass with Metro Nashville Public Schools said.

Harris was charged with assault and bodily injury.

She has since bonded out of jail.

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