Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta star Sierra Gates is “heartbroken” and “very upset” after her daughter was viciously jumped by a student and a parent in her high school bathroom.
The incident occurred on Wednesday (Jan. 22) at North Atlanta High School after Sierra’s 14-year-old daughter and a female student had a verbal argument earlier in the day.
A few hours later, the female student had gotten her mother, Treon Ponder, onto school premises, and the two confronted the 14-year-old. It was captured on cellphone video.
The video shows Gates’ daughter being fought by the student and Ponder in a bathroom as other students watched. The fight occurred during the lunch period.
“How could this happen,” Sierra told WSB-TV. “I was heartbroken. I’ve been crying all day.”
According to Sierra’s lawyer, Adamma McKinnon, Sierra’s daughter sustained “a black eye, scratches and contusions all around the side of her face and the back of her head.”
“The injuries were caused by the parent,” McKinnon added.
Three misdemeanor arrests warrants were issued for Ponder and she turned herself in to authorities on Thursday night (Jan. 23).
She was charged with battery, disrupting public school and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Ponder was granted a $4,000 bond. However, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that she remained in custody as of late Thursday night.
“We’re not going to sit by and allow people to come into our school and do harm to threaten our students,” police chief Ron Applin said.
“[If] you come into our schools, put your hands on any of our kids, put your hands on any of our faculty staff members, we intend to put you in jail.”
A spokesperson for the school district says Ponder was “inappropriately provided access to the building” by her daughter.
“That’s a severe concern, not only for my client, Ms. Gates, but also other parents of students who attend North Atlanta High School,” Sierra’s lawyer McKinnon said.
“The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority in Atlanta Public Schools,” the school district spokesman added.
Sierra was still mystified and upset that this even happened. She expressed more of her frustration in a lengthy Instagram post, noting that her daughter was not the instigator of the fight.
“#1 an adult should never be able to walk into a school unattended I’m scared for my child and the other children’s safety.
“#2 the school let this lady run off school grounds with a clear get away after attacking my child.
“#3 I had to raise hell just to get a police report and when I finally got the report they didn’t even want to put on the report that it was a battery to a minor.”
“I’m heart broken and very upset as a mother it’s taking everything in me to keep this civil,” she continued.
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My daughter was “NOT” the aggressor. I got a text from my baby at 10:00am saying ma this girl keep harassing me on my ig & text saying she wants to fight. She also called her dad. I told her to try to avoid her tell someone and I’ll be there as soon as I get off work. I literally was getting off work in a hour. At 12 noon I got another call from my baby screaming saying ma the girl mama up here in the bathroom trying to fight. I asked to speak to the parent to try to reason so she wouldn’t hit my baby 2 mins later the phone dropped and the lady and her daughter was attacking my baby. North Atlanta high #1 an adult should never be able to walk into a school unattended I’m scared for my child and the other children’s safety. #2 the school let this lady run off school grounds with a clear get away after attacking my child. #3 I had to raise hell just to get a police report and when I finally got the report they didn’t even want to put on the report that it was a battery to a minor. So yes I’m am very upset I am a mother 1st I would never put my hands on someone else’s child and I chose #northatlantahighschool thinking it was one of Atlanta’s best schools, & they allowed my daughter to be attacked by an adult. I’m heart broken and very upset as a mother it’s taking everything in me to keep this civil I truly understand this is a test from God y’all keep me in your prayers❤️ thanks to my attorney @adamma_esq for always having my back.
Sierra has appeared on several seasons of Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta.