Kansas City police cited a mother for assault after she allegedly beat up her child’s kindergarten teacher Thursday night at Truman Elementary in the Hickman Mills School District.

The 24-year-old mother, Simone A. Baker, allegedly pulled the 49-year-old teacher out of her chair by the hair, repeatedly punched her in the face and slammed her head against a file cabinet in the 6 p.m. incident at 9601 James A. Reed Road.

Police gave this account:

The mother was upset because her 6-year-old son had a scratch on his neck Thursday that he said came from the teacher. The teacher had disciplined the child at school that day but it was unclear if she touched or scratched the child.

After the mother heard the boy’s account, she called the school and angrily told the principal that she was on her way up there. The principal told her not to come, but the mother said she was already around the corner and she planned on entering the school.

The principal intercepted the mother at the front door and told her that they would set up a meeting to discuss the discipline incident involving her son. But the mother didn’t want to wait. She bolted down the hallway at a full sprint toward her son’s classroom.

The principal gathered other staff members and followed, arriving at the classroom about 30 seconds after the mother. The mother, who allegedly had assaulted the teacher already, fled. There were no students in the classroom at the time.

The teacher suffered redness and bruising to her face. Police officers went to the mother’s house, but could not find her. Officers issued her a city ticket for assault with a court date of Oct. 22. Police officers continued to search for the mother Friday.