Created on Friday, 15 February 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CINCINNATI (AP) — A mother accused of helping her 15-year-old daughter beat another teenage girl at a Cincinnati high school is refuting a police department's version of the fight and says that they're the ones who were attacked.
Precious Allen, 31, told The Cincinnati Enquirer that the other teenage girl attacked her and her daughter last Thursday at Withrow High School, and that the teen was bigger and taller than both of them.
Allen, a mother of five, said she was talking to a teacher when the girl cursed at her and charged, and that she's confident that school videos will prove her and her daughter's innocence.
"I won't be charged," she said.
Allen's story is significantly different from what police have described.
Police said that Allen burst into a classroom, held the other teen down and told her daughter to hit the girl in the face with a combination lock. The girl, who also was kicked and punched, suffered cuts and bruises, and police say that Allen's daughter also gave a teacher a black eye.
Allen faces charges of felonious assault and trespassing. She's been released on bond.
Her daughter is charged with assault, felonious assault and trespassing and is in juvenile custody.
Allen said she had gone to the school to withdraw her daughter and pick up her personal things, adding that she did not force her way in, but that a student opened a door for her and Allen spoke to a security guard.
Allen said she was waiting for an administrator in a classroom when the teenage girl charged her.
"My daughter pushed me out of the way and the girls started fighting," Allen said, adding that she didn't know her daughter was carrying a combination lock.
Her daughter said she carried the lock for protection because some girls were threatening her.
Allen said she didn't fight the other girl, but pulled both girls apart by their hair to stop it.
She also said she didn't know how teacher Kim Kilby got a black eye.
Cincinnati Public Schools officials declined to comment on the case and denied a request to view videos that may have captured the fight.
Cincinnati Police also declined to make videos available.