Police in Oakland, Calif. said a third-grade girl was lured into a school bathroom and beaten with a hammer by the mother of another student at the campus Friday morning.
The Lafayette Elementary School student was taken to a nearby children’s hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and was described as being “in remarkably good spirits” by a school district spokesperson.
Local news reports indicate that her the woman, Haseemah Diame, allegedly concealed the hammer and took the student to the bathroom during recess around 10:30 a.m. A teacher and security officer then stumbled onto the scene, prompting a call to the police.
School officials said Diame was also a widely recognized volunteer at the school.
She now faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, though further charges could be pending.
Authorities said they continue to investigate a motive for the attack, which may be related to an outstanding family feud.
A police officer will be stationed at the school Monday, along with counselors to help children process the incident.Caesar can be reached at Christopher.Caesar@globe.com or via Twitter @ChrisCaesar.