Latoya Denise Williams, the woman who was sentenced to a year in prison for assaulting a high school principal, was granted bail yesterday pending an appeal.
The 34-year-old woman appeared in Magistrates Court with Attorney Simone Brown, of Shurland & Co, for a bail hearing.
She had admitted on September 19 to causing harm to Jack Hayward High School Principal Yvonne Ward, disorderly behavior and causing damage when she visited the campus two days earlier.
Williams had gotten into a verbal and physical altercation during school hours with Principal Ward over a discrepancy over the grade point average on her 18-year-old daughterâ s transcript.
The mother of two was sentenced to six months in jail for assaulting the principal and another six months after she was unable to come up with the $884 fine which the court ordered she pay in retribution to principal Ward.
Noted Attorney Carlson Shurland filed an appeal on her behalf after he was approached by family and friends to review her file.
He is of the view that the sentence was too harsh.
The application is expected to be heard before Senior Justice Hartman Longley on November 21, however, during the bail hearing yesterday, Attorney Brown pointed out that Williamsâ appeal is not likely to be heard before her sentence is expired.
Additionally, she argued that Williamsâ application was likely to succeed on appeal.
Attorney Brown told the magistrate that the aggravating feature was that while the altercation at the school is not being condoned, Williams has already shown remorse and pleaded guilty.
The magistrate, who has authority under the Bail Act to grant bail pending appeal, awarded bail in the amount of $5,000.
In the interim, Williams' lawyers intend to file a Constitutional Motion on her behalf, on the grounds that the sentence was in contravention of her rights, inhuman and grossly disproportionate.
posted on: Monday, November 18, 2013 7:44 PM
When did the last 2 become God?
posted on: Monday, November 18, 2013 7:19 PM
Did this mother achieve her goal? She wanted her daughter's GPA re-evaluated. Do you request this statistical average of grades by beating up the principal of the school? Obviously not. But, what were the parent's options? Sad. I sympathize (but don't agree) with the frustration of the violent mother. Again, where else was she to go with her concerns? Obviously, not to the principal who wasn't privy to all the information. But, you know, omething is wrong with our educational system that inspires this kind of violence. I have no answers, but do sympathize with the entire situation. Sometimes you can't get anywhere with politicians, administrators, bosses, or anyone else in charge, but please remember this....isn't worth years in prison to make a point. Sometimes you just eat it. That's life.
eeroses posted on: Monday, November 18, 2013 4:03 PM
Persons who feel sorry for the lady should pay the money due, so that she does not have to spend the extra six months. Perhaps she has learned her lesson and she will not attack any one again. at least I hope so.
posted on: Saturday, November 16, 2013 7:54 AM
i am happy that the lady was freed in time to spend the holidays with her family and i agree that her sentence was too harsh.I do not condone violence of any kind but it takes two to tangle,who knows what was said by the principle to set the lady off.verble abuse is still abuse.if she was given a month incarseration would have been fine,but a hold year,not to mention that shes the sole provider for,not just her kids,but sister's too.we all make mistakes in life and every one deserves a chance to make amends.if she had a history such offences,then yes i could understand a year but for a first time offender no!so i am happy with the outcome and i hope that she learns from this to control her temper.and just so every knows Mrs. Y.Ward taught me my entire senior years at hawks bill high.shes a great teacher and loving person so know that i am not being bias."all have sined of GODS glory"but still he gives more chances than we can count.so what one for a single mom.
posted on: Friday, November 15, 2013 9:06 PM
So she showed remorse and plead guilty. I would, too...because, oh heck, I messed up. But when you don't get your way, and you assault a person you simply disagree with, what kind of world do we live in? That is why we have police, courts, lawsuits, why we have LANGUAGE and do not have to bite like dogs. This woman is every school administrator's nightmare. Give this woman the jail sentence that she deserves and, hopefully, discourage any further behaviour of this nature.
BAD JUDICIAL SYSTEM posted on: Friday, November 15, 2013 4:21 PM
She should not have gotten bail because , she relayed intolerance to highly impressionable minds . Yes she have other children to take care of and I personally feel her pain however , one cannot commit a crime and afterwards remember the principal factors of one's life .
INTOLERANCE on her behalf showed she selfishness and an avenue of lawlessness that plagues mankind . Incidents such as the one Ms. Williams was involved in are occurring frequently there needs to be a serious punctuation in it . If I were a judge she would not have gotten a fine only JAIL TIME .