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DECATUR — A Decatur woman who yelled and cursed at students in Stephen Decatur Middle School, and shoved one of them, was jailed on a preliminary charge of aggravated battery, according to police.

A sworn Decatur police affidavit said the 29-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday, and the incident at the school had happened about 3:30 p.m. April 2 as the school was dismissing for the day.

Officer Amber Patient said the woman first started yelling and cursing at a female student outside on campus before a 14-year-old male student intervened and told the woman she should not speak to a student in that manner.

Patient said the woman began hurling abusive language at him before a teacher arrived to escort her inside to the school office. The male student also came inside to explain what had happened and was verbally abused again by the woman, Patient said.

Then, Patient said, the woman’s daughter arrived, “exchanged words with (the male student)” and threw a chair, which hit the boy.

The woman “then stepped out of the office and shoved (the boy) backwards,” Patient said. The woman repeatedly placed her hands on the boy's body before other students arrived to get him clear of the woman, Patient said.

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“The incident was captured on school video surveillance and submitted into evidence at Decatur Police Headquarters,” Patient said. No motive was listed for the woman’s outbursts and behavior.

Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State Attorney’s Office. Macon County Jail records show the woman remained in custody Thursday night in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Contacted Thursday by the Herald & Review for a comment, spokeswoman Maria Robertson said the Decatur School District "is committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students and staff. Due to the nature of the incident involving a student, we are unable to comment on the situation."


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