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Mother Not Sorry For Attacking Daughter's Bullies

On Thursday, Joanne Higgs, 33, was found guilty of assault for attacking two young teen girls that bullied her daughter. Higgs allegedly chased, pushed and punched 3-year-old Lilly Hulse and 15-year-old Dominique Nash after she discovered that Hulse had been bullying her daughter, Demi Knox, along with other students.

Some students allegedly threw eggs at Higgs' home. Higgs said, “These kids were taunting me in the street, they were hanging round my house. There were shouting abuse at me and my daughter. I had tried to resolve it with the school and some of the parents after the fight but had no joy. I just wanted them to stop harassing my daughter. She'd already suffered enough."

She went on to say, “I had tried to call the police to tell them about it." Higgs also said she wanted her daughter to stop being tormented.

She added, “I know what I did was wrong but I'm not a thug or a chav [sic]. I acted on how I was feeling at that time. I don't think I am the victim – it's my daughter who has been the victim in all this. She's had a nightmare. I want to put all this behind me. All I want is peace my daughter and my family. Demi has had no happy years at school.”

Higgs was given a 15-week suspended sentence for assaulting the teens and was ordered to compensate the victims.

Middelton teacher Allison Crompton said, “I hope that Miss Higgs is not trying to deflect the responsibility for her actions by seeming to blame the school. I strongly refute Miss Higgs' comments. As an adult, Miss Higgs made her own choices about her appalling behavior. The school was dismayed and disgusted that our students were attacked in this way by an adult.”

Photo: Manhester Evening News

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