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Woman allegedly attacks school principal [Video]

August 30, 2011 |  8:41 am

A 29-year-old mother of three was in jail Tuesday in San Joaquin County for allegedly attacking an elementary school principal.

Pami Gibbs faces four separate charges, including committing a possible hate crime.

The incident began Monday morning when Principal Avangelina Ramos of Fillmore Elementary School in Stockton took exception to a shirt worn by a 9-year-old student.

The shirt had skulls on it and Ramos considered it threatening, witnesses told KTXL-TV in Sacramento.

Ramos told the boy he would have to turn it inside out or change into another shirt.

Gibbs witnessed the conversation and approached the principal, according to Rosalind Roberts, who watched the encounter escalate.

"She was arguing again, fussing real loud," Roberts told the TV station. "And yelling and then she punched the principal."

Gibbs allegedly struck the principal several times and yelled racial slurs.

Gibbs' family claims it was Ramos who had become increasingly hostile in recent weeks over the school's  dress code. The family also says their children, who are white, have been bullied repeatedly at the heavily Latino school.

A bleeding Ramos was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Gibbs turned herself in to authorities two hours later.


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-- From a Times staff writer