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Mom involved in school fight says it was self-defense



PITTSBURGH - One of the two parents banned from their children’s school by Pittsburgh School officials after getting into a fight inside a classroom on Friday told Channel 11 she was defending herself.

Authorities said police were called to John Morrow Elementary School in Brighton Heights around 8 a.m. Friday after two parents got into a fight while dropping their children off at school.

According to police, one of the adults sprayed the other with Mace in front of several children.

School officials said no students were harmed in during the incident, and the two adults involved will be charged with disorderly conduct.

“No, I don’t think I should be charged, because I defended myself,” Tequila Henson said.

Henson admitted that she sprayed Mace on Darren Clifford while he was dropping off his niece, but said it was in self-defense.

“He grabbed me by my hair and threw me down. He went to work on me, so I grabbed my Mace out of my pocket, and I heard a teacher say, ‘Get off of her,’ so I sprayed him,” Henson said. “He was punching me and kept kicking me. I got two black eyes.”

Clifford’s cousin, Kenita, said her cousin was treated at Allegheny General Hospital and is OK.

“I think it’s ridiculous because kids should be safe while at school,” Clifford said. “They’re not supposed to see grownups acting like that. They were acting like animals.”

 Henson said now that she has been permanently banned from the school, she will need to find someone else to take her kids.