A mother was arrested today after she allegedly assaulted a 9-year-old girl with a hammer today at an Oakland elementary school. The mother, whose name has not been confirmed by police, allegedly lured the third grader into a bathroom during recess this morning around 10:40 a.m. and attacked her there with a hammer, according to Oakland schools spokesman Troy Flint.
The woman, the mother of a student at the school, was a school volunteer and a frequent visitor on campus who was recognizable to both students and staff, Flint said. The attack was discovered when a teacher and school security guard checked the bathroom for the student. The woman was detained at the scene and arrested by police, Flint said.
The girl sustained serious injuries and was hospitalized, but was conscious after the attack and is expected to recover, Flint said. School staff met this afternoon to prepare for discussing the matter with students and parents on Monday and the district plans to have extra administrative support and counselors on hand next week, Flint said. Flint said information on the motive for the attack remains “speculative,” but it appears there may be a feud between families at the school.
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