Mom of Carol City High Student Arrested in School Attack

A fight between two teens at the youth fair set off a firestorm that ended up with the mother of a Carol City Senior High School student in jail.

Ernstlatta LaFrance, 29, was arrested Tuesday on charges of burglary with assault, robbery with battery and child abuse after police say she attacked her daughter's rival at the school.

An arrest report said LaFrance was at the school during dismissal when she attacked the victim, pulling her hair and punching her in the face repeatedly.

The alleged victim later went to LaFrance's home and another fight broke out. That's when LaFrance allegedly broke the victim's middle finger as someone else fired a gun into the air.

LaFrance then started talking about the incident on Facebook, the report said.

"The defendant put it on Facebook, well she bragged saying that 'this was not the end, that she would use a gun,'" prosecutor Nissa Eth said in bond court Wednesday.

Judge Mindy Glazer reduced LaFrance's bond to $6,000, but also gave her some stern advice.

"I see how old you are, it's time to act your age, not your shoe size," Judge Glazer said.

"This type of behavior and conduct — an adult violently battering a minor — is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at our schools," Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett said in a statement. "We thank the community and all those who provided valuable information, making it possible for our detectives to take the adult into custody and face the criminal justice system. This unfortunate incident reminds us that it is important for parents and adults to model the type of behavior we want to see in our children."

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