2005-01-14 / Community

BCHS Fight Was A Family Affair

By Brian Magoolaghan

The mother of a Beach Channel High School student was arrested last Friday after she allegedly beat up a young student at the school following a morning altercation between her daughter and other girls.

Patricia Norwood, 45, is accused of punching a 15-year-old girl in the head and face and pulling her hair, in a battle that broke out in front of the school at about 10 a.m., according to court records. The Wave is withholding the alleged victim’s name due to her age.

Norwood’s sister came along and allegedly went on school grounds.

Police sources said Norwood’s daughter, whose name was not released, was involved in an incident with two or three other girls last Friday – one of them the 15-year-old – at the Beach 98 Street subway station at about 8:30 a.m.

Norwood’s daughter went back to her family’s home at 433 Beach 40 Street, and returned to the high school – with her mother and aunt, Kimberly Norwood – ready to brawl with the girls, police said.

A 14-year-old girl, who allegedly wielded a knife in the latter incident, was arrested. It was not clear if she was Patricia Norwood’s daughter or one of the other girls.

Patricia Norwood is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. She was released on her own recognizance at her arraignment in Queens Criminal Court the next day, according to a Meris Campbell, a spokesperson for District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Kimberly Norwood is charged with trespass.

No more information was available on the 14-year-old, who allegedly pulled a knife.

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