A Virginia mother who intervened in an altercation between two high school students at a football practice and slapped the teen fighting with her son was arrested and charged with assault, according to the New York Daily News.
Heather Lynn Sebra was working as a football volunteer at Northumberland High School in Heathsville when she saw her son tackle another student, identified as John Thomas, to the ground. Sebra’s son, who is Caucasian, slammed Thomas several times on the ground while throwing punches at the boy’s head.
The video of the incident shows Sebra joining in the beating. Instead of pulling the teens apart, as any normal parent would, the woman grabbed Thomas and began hit him with a loud slap across his face.
“You are not gonna call my son a n*****, do you understand me?” Sebra told the defenseless teen, who is African American.
“I saw her hand come down then she hit my face and then she said, ‘He will not call my son the N-word,’” Thomas told WTVR, adding that he was having a conversation with some other teammates when Heather's son interrupted them. Thomas reportedly told him to mind his own business and ended up being punched in the face.
Thomas never fought back the entire clip because “she was an adult. So I let her do it. Let her make that choice because in the end I'm going to win.”
In fact, he was confused from the racist woman’s accusations.
“What? Why would I call him a n*****?” he asked just after she smacked him.
Thomas’ mother, Nicole Thomas, was furious at Sebra.
“For this woman to restrain my son by holding him by the shirt and then sticking her finger in his face after slapping him.” she told WTVR. "To abuse, berate, belittle, intimidate, and physically attack someone is disgusting. I think it needs to be addressed and think people need to be punished for it and held accountable."
Police have since arrested Sebra and charged her with assault.
Northumberland High School's principal Dr. Travis Burns told NBC 12 he is “deeply concerned” about the fight. He also said that both students, as well as the one who filmed the video, might receive disciplinary action.
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