HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- A vicious attack in an elementary school bathroom sends a 6-year-old to the emergency room, and her parents tell police it was a fifth grade girl who attacked her.
The girl was at home recovering Thursday night, but her mother says she knows exactly who attacked her 1st grade daughter. She warned the school that the fifth grader was a danger last week.
Cheryl Tackett says she is trying to comfort her 6-year-old daughter Lanira, but she can hardly get the words out herself.
“I just started crying,” she said. “I couldn’t do anything but cry.”
She says she couldn’t keep it together when the school told her what happened.
“She was choking her, and banging her head viciously on the toilet, and covering her mouth,” she said.
She says it was a premeditated attack, and that the fifth grader knew exactly what she was doing.
The girl said she wanted to talk to my daughter,” Tackett said. “She pulled her into the bathroom and proceeded with the attack.”
When the first grader teacher was finally able to get into the bathroom, Lanira was lying bloodied on the floor.
“Her clothes were soaking wet,” Tackett said. “Her backpack was soaking wet.”
She says this was not a new situation. It didn’t just start. Tackett says she told the school last week that the fifth grader had threatened Lanira on the bus and said she was going to beat her up – but she never thought it would get this bad.
“She goes to describe it, but she can’t really finish because she cries,” Tackett said. “She’s traumatized. She doesn’t want to go in bathrooms by herself.”
Tackett says she just wants her daughter to feel safe.
“That’s my baby,” she said. “Who would attack an innocent 6-year-old?”
The school district says they are aware of the incident, and they are investigating it, but they would not be able to say much more, as the case is ongoing, and it involves two minors.
Tackett says the fifth grader was charged in juvenile court on Thursday for the attack.