Woman asked to pick up symptomatic child punches principal

October 15, 2021 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield woman accused of punching an elementary school principal after being summoned to pick up her child showing potential COVID-19 symptoms was charged Friday with aggravated battery.

The 29-year-old woman allegedly punched Lindsay Elementary School principal Jennifer Russell in the eye during school hours Thursday. A probable cause statement filed by Springfield police said the woman “was mad that she had to come pick up her child.”

When she arrived at the school, the woman “was yelling and threatening to batter everybody,” Springfield Police Lt. Joe Phillips said.

Russell was trying to give the woman property belonging to the child when the woman reached over a school security officer and punched Russell in the left eye, according to the statement.

She faces two to five years in prison if convicted of two counts of aggravated battery, Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright said. The woman was being held in the Sangamon County Jail on $30,000 bond.


The woman left the school after the incident but later was apprehended, school district spokeswoman Bree Hankins said.

There was no immediate report on Russell’s condition, the State-Journal-Register reported. The probable cause statement said there was no visible injury to Russell immediately after the incident.