Police arrest mom at child's school

Tomeka Roberts
Tomeka Roberts

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Henrico mom accused of going berserk at her child's elementary school speaks out about her arrest. Police charged 35-year-old Tomeka Roberts with two counts of disorderly conduct, after a confrontation at Ward Elementary School in Henrico's East End.

Tomeka Roberts says all she wants is for her 11-year-old daughter, who has cerebral palsy, to be treated like a normal student. But she says that hasn't always happened. And months of frustration escalated today, to her arrest at school.

11-year-old NeShee Turner is a fifth grader at Ward Elementary School. A school where her mom and the principal didn't see eye to eye Wednesday morning.

"I was sane, kinda, sorta. But I thought I was doing it for a reason, my daughter NeShee," Tomeka said.

All Tomeka wants is for her daughter to sit on the school bus in a normal seat, strapped in. But Tomeka says the school doesn't agree. And they want to put NeShee in a wheelchair while riding on the bus.

"The principal and I came to a disagreement. He asked me to leave and I refused to leave without my daughter," she said.

And that's when she was arrested at the school. Police tell us Tomeka got into an argument with NeShee's teacher. But Tomeka refuted that.

We asked Henrico school leaders about what happened. They refuse to talk about this specific case, but they did release this statement saying, "We cannot allow anyone to forcefully board our school buses or to verbally abuse transportation or instructional staff. Our goal is to calmly resolve every situation, but when that is not possible, we have and will seek assistance from law enforcement."

"She just wants to be like any other kid and I'm going to fight to the end for her. I'm her voice," Tomeka said.

Police also say Tomeka refused to get off the school bus at first, after being asked to. And she had to be physically restrained at the school. Tomeka will be back in court Thursday morning.

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