SCHENECTADTY – A 36-year-old woman was charged with burglary and endangering a child after getting into a fight with a 14-year-old student in the hallway at Schenectady High School last month, according to police and a district spokesperson.
Ebony Ortiz went to the high school on June 16 after her daughter got into a conflict with another student, and while school staff prevented her from entering the school, Ortiz’s daughter let her in through a side door, Schenectady City School District spokesperson Karen Corona said Thursday.
Ortiz last week was charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and felony burglary after “she attacked the victim by repeatedly punching her and throwing her to the ground while the victim was attending school,” according to police allegations filed in court. Burglary applies when a person “knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein,” according to the police allegations.
Corona said Ortiz’s “child let her into the school” and that “when she was in the hallway she got into a physical altercation with a student who was there to attend a learning pod.” Corona said the student who was attacked was not the student Ortiz’s child had been in conflict with earlier.
Corona said school administrators at the time placed the school into shelter-in place-mode while they and the school’s community engagement team worked to get the parent out of the school, protect the students and call police.
The student who was attacked was checked on by nurses and paramedics, but she did not need medical treatment, Corona said.