Police say a Massachusetts woman has been charged with punching two teenage girls outside a Fall River middle school and pushing another.
The Herald News reports 30-year-old Noemi Alvarez faces charges including assault and battery and disorderly conduct stemming from the Tuesday incident outside Morton Middle School. She posted a $500 bail on Wednesday.
Alvarez says a teenage girl kicked her 11-year-old daughter. When her daughter fought back, Alvarez says another girl punched Alvarez in the face and began swinging at Alvarez's daughter. Alvarez described her actions as self-defense and acknowledged she shouldn't have gotten physically involved.
The school principal's office referred calls to Fall River Schools Superintendent Matt Malone.
Malone says Alvarez has been barred from the school.