2 arrested, 1 sought in Philadelphia school assault

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March 28, 2014 1:59:11 PM PDT
Police say they have made two arrests in connection with an attack on a group of elementary school students, and a warrant has been issued for the arrest of a third suspect.

42-year-old Marion Oliver from 4800 block of North 16th Street and her 14-year-old daughter were arrested Friday and charged with 12 counts of Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Conspiracy and related offenses.

In addition, a warrant has been issued for 44-year-old Richard Jordan, whose last known address is on the 4900 block of Penn Street.

The alleged attack happened Tuesday afternoon at Jay Cooke Elementary School in Philadelphia's Logan section.

Mardia Powell was in that third floor classroom when the suspects allegedly barged in and started punching and slapping the other girls. 10 children and two adults, including a school police officer, were injured in the melee.

Wanda Powell, Mardia's mother, is outraged.

Powell said, "I don't understand how an adult could come in and just hit on children. Period ? I just don't understand. It's crazy."

Police say the 14-year-old suspect had sent Oliver and Jordan a text message prior to the incident. They don't know exactly what the dispute was about, but say the girl's parents barged in and confronted her classmates.

The school police officer tried to stop them.

Philadelphia School District spokesperson Fernando Gallard explains, "They basically pushed their way through the officer to go to the classroom where they were trying to pick a fight."

Parents are outraged that the adults were able to get past security and assault children.

Angela, whose child attends to the school, tells us, "It's just kind of crazy for a parent to come do that. Like, how mature are you to come pick on little kids?"

The school district says Oliver and Jordan were able to get in with a group of other parents who were coming in for an honor roll program in the auditorium. They say they've never seen anything like it.

"It's not even something that we think about having to face - having parents to come in and fight students, or fight anyone else," Gallard said.

Most of the injuries didn't require treatment.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Richard Jordan should contact Northwest Detectives at 215-686-3353.


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