Denise Smith Amos, The Cincinnati Enquirer
CINCINNATI -- A motheraccused of helping her 15-year-old daughter beat another teenage girlat Withrow High School last week says the police and school officials have it all wrong.
Precious Allen, a mother of five who lives in West Price Hill, said she and her daughter were attacked by the other girl, who was bigger and taller than them. Allen said she was talking with a teacher when the girl cursed at her and charged at her.
Allen said she believes school videos will exonerate her and her daughter.
"I won't be charged," she said.
Her version of the fight differs sharply from police reports.
Police say last Thursday, Allen, her daughter and a female friend were let into the school around 2 p.m.
Instead of going to the front office, as most visitors do, police say the three went to a classroom, where Allen and her daughter fought with a freshman girl.
The names of the students are not being revealed by The Enquirer because of their age.
Police said Allen held the girl down as her daughter beat her. The girl was hit with fists, feet and a combination lock. She received cuts and bruises; teacher Kim Kilby suffered a black eye.
Allen, 31, faces felonious assault and aggravated criminal trespass charges. She is out on bond.
Her daughter is charged with assault, felonious assault and trespassing and is in juvenile custody. She was due in court Friday.
Allen said she went to the school to withdraw her daughter from school and pick up her personal things, adding that she did not force her way into the school; she rang the doorbell. A student opened the door, and Allen spoke with a school security guard.
She was waiting for an administrator in the classroom, she said, when the other girl charged at her.
"My daughter pushed me out of the way and the girls started fighting," Allen said.
Allen said she did not know her daughter was carrying a combination lock.
Her daughter claimed she carried it for protection because some girls were threatening her.
Allen also did not know how the teacher was injured, she said.
Allen said she did not fight the other girl. She pulled both girls apart by their hair to stop the fight, she said.
Cincinnati Public Schools officials declined to answer questions about the case or to even confirm whether videos of the altercation exist.
The district denied a request to view videos from Withrow.
Cincinnati Police also declined to make videos available, saying if they are part of the case, they are in the hands of Hamilton County prosecutors.
A representative for the prosecutor's office could not be reached Thursday afternoon.