Veteran teacher says she was attacked by parent

Posted at 7:36 PM, Jan 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-25 19:36:57-05

For the first time since her alleged attack Rosalind Simmons, a teacher of 20 years is talking about the incident at her West Palm Beach elementary school.

"I'm doing the best that I can, but mentally I’m not ready, physically I am not ready either,” Simmons said.

The day before winter break Simmons says a parent barged into her Roosevelt Elementary School classroom and attacked her.

That mom, identified by police as Shakira Green, was mad about some trouble her son got into earlier in the day, Simmons says.

"She called me all kind of names and I’m constantly saying leave my classroom, I don't have anything to do with you, I don't want to talk to you."

At the time, Simmons says, she was writing up Green's son for misbehaving.

"Seeing her come through my door I was startled,” Simmons said.  "I’m traumatized. I'm very fearful to even think about me reentering that same situation."

Green did not come to the door when approached Monday, she did call us after a report aired on NewsChannel 5.

“I’m guilty of being confrontational, but not hitting her,” Green said. “She came charging at me, like she wanted to fight.”

Green is charged with battery on a teacher and posted bond earlier this month.

Her son’s teacher has yet to return to school and did hire attorney. Simmons says she is trying to decide what’s next.