Police have charged an East Haven mother accused of confronting a child who she said was bullying her daughter at Joseph Melillo Middle School.
On April 26, Nicole Sciarra, 31, entered the middle school and confronted a female student who had been in an earlier altercation with her daughter, police said. She was arrested on Monday.
Sciarra was emotional as she said she was simply trying to get her daughter out of harm's way.
"I walked into the cafeteria and saw my daughter pinned against the wall. I thought, 'Oh my God, they are going to kill her. They are going to beat up my daughter.' I'm just so frustrated and furious," Sciarra said through her tears.
Sciarra is accused of bypassing the principal's office and going right to the cafeteria to confront that student.
The school buzzed her in, but no one was in the office when she tried checking in, she said.
On Monday, Sciarra also received a letter from East Haven Schools Supt. Anthony Serio that called her behavior "disruptive and inappropriate." It also forbids her from entering any East Haven School without Serio's express permission.
"I've got four kids in East Haven schools. They're going to tell me I can't go to their school? What if I have to pick them up. I'm not in the wrong here. My daughter was bullied. I did what any mother would do for their child," said Sciarra.
After an investigation, police applied for an arrest warrant for Sciarra.She turned herself in to East Haven police on Monday.
The school still has not released the details of what happened. The Board of Education is now proposing several security changes that would require visitors to show a valid photo ID and walk around campus with an escort.
Sciarra was charged with risk of injury to a minor, second-degree breach of peace and second-degree threatening.She was released on $5,000 bond and will be in court on May 18.