Patches of Fog
CINCINNATI - Precious Allen doesn't understand how she's gotten in to so much trouble.
"I feel I failed my daughter," Allen said.
Police arrested Allen, 31, and Dawn Brunner, 28, last week after they say the pair purposely passed the security system at Withrow High School, 2488 Madison Road, and entered a classroom. Once inside the room, Allen punched and kicked a female student in the face and body causing visible injuries, according to a police report.
"I didn't come there to fight. My daughter didn't come there to fight. It was strictly to get her belongings and withdraw her," Allen said in an interview with 9 On Your Side reporter Scott Wegener Thursday.
Allen says the allegations that she broke through security and attacked the student aren't true.
"I saw a security guard that I knew, and I talked with him for a second," Allen said.
Allen says the guard didn't seem to mind when she headed to class.
She had asked to talk with the teacher, when a female student stood up and had some words.
Allen said the situation got out of control when the girl starting "charging" toward her.
"She charged again, and my daughter pushed me out of the way and she and my daughter started fighting," Allen said.
Dawn Brunner told 9 On Your Side that she thought they were going to pick up Allen's daughter, then go to a restaurant.
"I don't know how lunch turned into jail, but it did," Brunner said. "It's the worst day of my life. I've never been in trouble."
While Brunner and Allen refute their charges, everyone agrees that security should have been tighter.
"Certainly this was a breach," Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig said of the case.
"Security should have asked me, did I stop in the office?" Allen said.
"He didn't ask us anything, do you got any passes? He didn't ask us anything," Brunner said. "I'm not a bad person and I don't want to look like one. I want them to clear my name."
Allen has been suspended at her job at the Sisters of Notre Dame nursing home and is facing charges of felonious assault and aggravated trespassing.
Brunner is charged with criminal trespassing, which she says she is pleading not guilty to in court Friday.
9 On Your Side was first to talk to the girl who was assaulted last week and her mother, who wondered what would have happened if someone armed had been able to bypass security.
"She could have had a gun. My daughter could be dead right now," the victim's mother said. She is considering a lawsuit against the school district.
Allen says she also may sue the school.
9 On Your Side's Scott Wegener contributed to the report. Contact him at SWegener@wcpo.com.