• Police: Man assaults teacher who was trying to protect child


    WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. - A man is facing charges after investigators said he assaulted a teacher, who thought she was protecting a child from a kidnapper Friday.

    Investigators said Ronald Brown Jr., 28, was trying to pick up his child from school at Meadowlane Primary in West Melbourne.

    Police said the teacher asked the suspect to show his ID, which is part of the school’s protocol when a parent comes to pick up a child from school.

    According to police, Brown went out to his car and returned with his wife’s ID. The teacher still would not let him bring the child home because she was worried Brown may have been trying to kidnap the child.

    Reports said the 6-foot-tall, 200 pound man became enraged, and rammed his body into the teacher before he physically wrestled his child away from her.

    “She loves the children, those were her words. She’s doing nothing more than trying to protect the children, not knowing who the person is,” said Lt. Richard Cordeau with the West Melbourne Police Department.

    The mother of the child eventually arrived and the situation was cleared up.

    Brown was charged with battery on a school official, violation of probation, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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