CMS employee attacked by students suffers concussion
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) District employee was violently attacked at Harding University High School Wednesday afternoon, according to officials.
Inez Albright is a Behavior Modification Technician (BMT). She has been at Harding for about two years. She told WBTV trouble started when she was telling students to get back to class.
That's when a group of students surrounded her, and one student got too close.
"She was like bumping me with her body," Albright said. "She was real close to me and I was telling her 'back away,' so I actually touched her."
Once Albright touched the student, the student reacted.
"She slapped me," she said.
Albright said she called for backup but it didn't arrive in time before students attacked her.
"I didn't even know that that many kids were on me," Albright said. "I just know that I felt fists just pounding me and I was just protecting myself."
You can see Albright fighting back in a video of the fight obtained by WBTV.
"What was I supposed to do?" she asked. "I was being surrounded and I had no help. All they had to do was go to class, they were wrong."
Albright said she suffered a concussion, has some swelling and is in pain. She thinks CMS needs to do a better job supporting their own.
"No one should have to work in a hostile work environment, when their personal safety is in jeopardy every day," Albright said. "The kids have been allowed to use a thug mentality and threats, intimidation and CMS - they are like it's OK."
The employee wants CMS to make some change before it's too late.
CMS sent WBTV a statement responding to Albright's concerns.
"Supporting safe and orderly school environments for students and staff is a top priority and we take very seriously any reported act of inappropriate conduct on our campuses," the statement read. "We respond immediately to any such reports and apply disciplinary action as needed in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and HR procedures."
Sources told WBTV about four students will be arrested for attacking Albright. While the students learn the judicial system, Albright is getting a lawyer.
"Make sure that my rights are protected," Albright said, "And that this is not something that goes down on my employment record that I attacked a child because that is not what happened."
Albright said she wants to continue to work in a school, but not at Harding.
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