September 27, 2008

Brashear Student’s Mother Accused of Assaulting School Employees

By Jill King Greenwood

The mother of a Brashear High School student assaulted two Pittsburgh Public Schools employees this morning after they took the 9th-grader home because they were concerned about the girl's health, school officials said.

The unidentified student was exhibiting strange behavior -- pulling her hair and scratching her face -- and wouldn't tell a school nurse and intervention specialist what was wrong. The nurse, who suspected the student might have been suffering an adverse reaction to medicine, called the girl's parents but got no answer. She and the intervention specialist decided to take the student and an older sibling home to Elmore Square in the Hill District, district spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said.

"She was acting strangely and wouldn't communicate with them and they were concerned that maybe she was having a reaction to medication or something else was wrong," Pugh said.

When the nurse and intervention specialist got to the home at 11:15 a.m., the girl's mother, Lisa Malloy, and another male relative began arguing with the school employees, Pugh said.

"Apparently there was some confusion and they were under the impression that their daughter had been kidnapped," Pugh said.

As the nurse and intervention specialist tried to leave the girl's home, the mother attacked them. Pittsburgh police arrested Malloy, who is awaiting arraignment this afternoon in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.

The employees were "beat up pretty bad" and taken to UPMC Mercy, Uptown, Pugh said. They are expected to be released later today.

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