April 17, 2014

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Police: Mother of alleged bully punches woman at school

BRUNSWICK — A Brunswick woman was charged with assault after she punched another woman in the face Tuesday afternoon while waiting to pick up her child at Willetts Middle School, according to Brunswick police.

As parents waited in their cars for their children to be released from school, police said Connie L. Edmiston, 42, of 4234 Grafton Road, punched another mother she said called her son a “bully.”

Brunswick police released this photo of Connie Edmiston taken by a witness Tuesday. Police said Edmiston punched another woman in the face at Willetts Middle School. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Based on witness statements, police said Edmiston approached the victim’s car and told her to get out. When the woman rolled down the window, Edmiston reached inside and punched her in the face.

A witness reported Edmiston’s 13-year-old son was standing next to her when the alleged assault occurred. One witness yelled at Edmiston to stop hitting the victim before calling 911, police said.

The victim told police she had scolded Edmiston’s son earlier in the school year after she said she saw him “bully” other students while waiting to pick up her son. The victim said Edmiston was yelling about “calling her son a bully” when she approached the car.

After the incident, Edmiston got into her truck and drove away, but one parent said he followed her in an attempt to get her license plate number. When they were stopped at a traffic light, Edmiston got out of her car to ask the man why he was following her and taking photos of her. He also snapped a photo of Edmiston when she approached his car, police said.

The victim was transported to Southwest General Hospital for treatment as a precaution because she suffers from multiple sclerosis and a blow to the head could be life-threatening. At the hospital, the victim identified Edmiston from the photo snapped by the witness, police said.

Edmiston came to the Brunswick Police Department shortly after the incident to speak to officers. She told police she never hit the woman and that the victim had spit in her face, police said.

Edmiston refused to fill out a written statement, police said, and she was arrested at the station on assault charges.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

  • artemis

    Wow…. sounds like the tree is as nutty as the fruit. Not surprising the kid is a bully if his mom is like that.

  • Bullying_Prevention_Expert

    According to Dr. Dan Olweus, renowned bullying prevention research psychologist, “bullying is a learned behavior.” You are right artemis, it is very likely her son has learned this behavior from his mother.

  • sandy

    THE APPLE DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE! She only proved that her son is most likely a bully- just like herself. She needs help for anger issues.

  • Lloyd

    Hopefully she gets jail time and her son learns theres a consequence to ones actions

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7BQZ7N5HZMITD5KR72YY6MQT74 Saphire

    All the acts without thinking would all possibly lead to wrong doings. However, any mom wouldn’t want to hear inappropriate words intending to our kids yet punching someone’s face in front of these kids is definitely not a good image. Then I could say, parents must learn to take it all easy and just be calm in facing a situation like this. And for our child safety, I would suggest this app that is useful in preventing and protecting children away from home. I have tested the app and it works great! Check it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=skz.skz&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsInNrei5za3oiXQ..

  • BereaBrave

    Folks, if you have a known bully at a school… e-mail everyone at the school and people in administration. Law requires them to keep e-mails for 3 years and it leaves a huge paper trail back to adults that should have handled the bully in the first place. It is amazing how quickly the buck stops being passed around.