DALZELL, SC (AP) — A 67-year-old South Carolina woman and her daughter are facing assault charges after an argument over college bullying, police said.

Mamie Smith and her daughter, Whitley Smith, 37, both of Sumter, were charged Wednesday with third-degree mob assault and disruptive schools, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. hurry.

The women went to Ebenezer College in Dalzell to confront a child they accused of bullying a family member, Sheriff Anthony Dennis said.

“This type of behavior is criminal and should never be considered the proper way to conduct business. My understanding is that both of these subjects were responding at school because they thought their family member was being bullied,” Dennis said.

The sheriff added that the students were “viciously attacked” but an investigation showed they were not even the students who the Smiths believe had bullied a family member.


At around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the school’s resource manager called the sheriff’s office for backup in reference to a fight, the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators said the Smiths went to the school, rang the front doorbell to get in, and told school staff they needed to go to the attendance office. Once inside the building, the women ran down the hallway, confronted a student, pushed the child against a wall, then punched and scratched her in the face and head, the office said. sheriff.

Another student in the hallway was also pushed and punched, and a third student was also assaulted before the school’s resource officer and staff could arrest the women, the sheriff’s office said.

“We are working very hard to protect all students in our schools,” Dennis said. “The fact is that the students who were reported as bullying a family member of these subjects were actually in the office where this attack took place.”

A child was taken to an area hospital for treatment, the statement said. The other two students were returned to their parents. No further information on the condition of the children was available.

Bail for the two women has been set at $10,000. It was unclear whether either had an attorney who could speak for them.

If convicted of assault, each woman faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison, while a misdemeanor conviction for disrupting schools carries a maximum of 90 days in prison and a fine. $1,000, according to South Carolina law.

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