Home Scandal and Gossip Catherine Engelhardt, teacher attacked by student’s mother. Left unconscious.

Catherine Engelhardt, teacher attacked by student’s mother. Left unconscious.

Catherine Engelhardt
Why was this school teacher attacked? Pictured Catherine Engelhardt (via facebook).

Catherine Engelhardt a middle school teacher is recovering at home after being assaulted by one of her student’s mothers along with the woman’s 14 year old niece.

The attack came Wednesday afternoon at Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle school in Hempstead which saw one student’s mother, Annika McKenzie, 34 waiting for the teacher in a school hallway before setting on the her daughter’s math teacher.

According to reports, the mother believed Engelhardt had ‘put her hands’ on her 12 year old daughter earlier in the day.

With the teacher refusing to talk to the mother, telling her to get a security pass, a fight then ensued.

Authorities tell that the teacher was pushed against a wall before, then placed in a headlock and thrown to the floor.

From there students in the hallway, including the the mother’s 14 year old niece piled on and became involved in the attack.

Another teacher would eventually break up the fight only to find that Engelhardt had been rendered unconscious.

Rushed to hospital before eventually being released the teacher is said to be now recovering at home ‘in a lot of pain.’

Catherine Engelhardt

Told Catherine Engelhardt via ABC 7: ‘It’s not like I thought a parent would do something, but I knew something violent was going to happen,’ she told the network.

‘I’ve warned (the school) time and again that the children have no respect for adults.

‘Yes, I fear for my safety. They can’t control the kids.’ 

With the attack caught on school security cameras and handed over to cops, McKenzie and her niece would be arrested at the scene and charged with second degree assault on school grounds, a felony whilst McKenzie was also charged with second degree strangulation.

Appearing in First District court yesterday the woman was mandated to post $5000 bail.

Offered the woman’s lawyer, Donald Rollock: ‘As any loving parent, if someone puts their hand on your child, you’re going to react.’

In the interim Hempstead Classroom Teachers Association President Elias Mestizo acknowledged that many staff have voiced their concerns about safety.

Annika McKenzie

Annika McKenzie

Annika McKenzie

Catherine Engelhardt

Catherine Engelhardt

Catherine Engelhardt



  1. Wow, very frightening news. It’s difficult to imagine such a situation in the 21st century, when the whole world is fighting for the rights and wishes of widespread democracy. Terrible, that there are people for whom physical strength weighs more than the power of words. Understand this – the fundamental basis of our society and we must fight for it humbly.

  2. That’s a horrible story. It makes think that you may be attacked by a stranger at any second. I know some teachers punish kids if they use essay writing online. Some of my school teachers were absolutely unjust to some of my classmates. Some of them punish children, who ‘cheated’ and reward another students for well written papers not knowing the original author of the essay. It’s hard to imagine today’s education system without constant change of rewarding and punishing episodes, and I think government must think about this issue.

  3. The pictures you have attached to this story are not of the teacher who was attacked. Please take them down and correct your mistake. Next time you should verify a persons identity before you use their picture, not just go to Facebook and choose the first person with the same name.

  4. And if anyone tried to stop the thug, they’d be racist. If you call the thug a thug. You’re racist.

    Maybe we need to stop protecting hoodrats and realize that being a thug isn’t the same as being a black person.

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