Mother accused of forcing child to fight at school

Jeneve Marshall

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A Portsmouth mother was arrested after she allegedly forced her child to fight another child.

Police say on Friday around 9 a.m. 27-year-old Jeneve Marshall brought her child to James Hurst Elementary School and walked the child upstairs to a classroom.

Marshall allegedly ordered the child to fight another child who had been in a previous altercation with her child. According to police, she grabbed and held the child down. The child then broke free. As Marshall attempted to grab the child, she assaulted three other children who were in her way, said police.

One parent told what her son told her about the incident.

“He said that half the class ran from one side of the class to the other, just to get away from this fight,” said the mother who wished to remain anonymous. “You know, as far as being a parent, they need some security. They really need some security because I know for a fact that you’re not allowed to walk past that front office and go upstairs. You’re not even allowed to walk your child to class in this school.”

The children who were involved in the incident suffered minor injuries.

Marshall was charged with four counts of assault and battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and disorderly conduct.


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