Higgs claims that she lashed out at the two students because she was infuriated that her daughter’s school had made little effort to resolve the situation. She also said that she had to take her daughter out of the school because the bullying had become more intense. In fact, according to Higgs, they even came to her home and started throwing eggs at the house.
“These kids were taunting me in the street, they were hanging round my house. They were shouting abuse at me and my daughter,” Higgs explained to the Manchester Evening News. “I had tried to resolve it with the school and some of the parents after the fight, but had no joy. I just wanted them to stop harassing my daughter. She’d already suffered enough.”
“I know what I did was wrong, but I’m not a thug or a chav (sic),” she said. “I acted on how I was feeling at that time. I don’t think I am the victim – it’s my daughter who has been the victim in all this. She’s had a nightmare.”
After being found guilty of assaulting the two students, Higgs was given a 15 week suspended sentence and was told she had to compensate the girls.
“I want to put all this behind me,” Higgs said. “All I want is peace my daughter and my family. Demi has had no happy years at school.”
A teacher from Middleton Technology School, Allison Crompton had this to say in response to the situation:
“I hope that Miss Higgs is not trying to deflect the responsibility for her actions by seeming to blame the school. I strongly refute Miss Higgs’s comments. As an adult, Miss Higgs made her own choices about her appalling behavior. The school was dismayed and disgusted that our students were attacked in this way by an adult.”
What happened between Higgs and the two girls is shocking to say the least. It’s pretty unbelievable that a parent could be capable of causing harm to their daughters’ peers in an attempt to end the bullying. It goes without saying but you should never attempt to combat bullying by becoming physical, unless of course it’s in self-defence. Otherwise it’ll only backfire in the end.