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Mother pleads not guilty in attack on teacher, teachers assistant

City News Service | 3/28/2013, 9:18 a.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- A 33-year-old mother pleaded not guilty today to two felony charges for allegedly striking a teacher and a teacher's assistant during a March 6 fracas at John Muir Middle School in Los Angeles.

Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba agreed to allow Kiki Lolita Fowler to remain free on $10,000 bail posted a day after her March 6 arrest by school police, citing a "lack of criminal history" and "health issues."

"I do see she has a walker to assist her," the judge said. Fowler also had an oxygen tank.

At the prosecution's request, the judge barred Fowler from contacting the alleged victims or going to the school.

Authorities said that Fowler, accompanied by her 13-year-old and 15-year-old daughters, was upset about the way her younger daughter was treated in class, and a heated conversation ensued in which Fowler allegedly struck the teacher and the teacher's assistant during the March 6 run-in.

The teacher's assistant was allegedly scratched.

If convicted, Fowler faces up to three years and eight months behind bars.

Fowler's daughters also were involved in the fracas, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Fowler's younger daughter was charged March 7 with battery on a school employee involving the teacher's assistant, according to the District Attorney's Office. The status of her case was not immediately available.