Woman pushes latchkey worker

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 4, 2012


A 43-year-old Clawson woman faces a fine and possible jail time for allegedly pushing a school latchkey employee several times after the employee asked to see the woman’s ID before she would release the children.

Troy police officer Andy Breidenich said the woman was apparently insulted when the latchkey employee asked to see ID at Leonard Elementary School, 4401 Tallman, at about 6 p.m. Dec. 19.

According to police reports, the Clawson woman’s children normally attend latchkey at another Troy School District school, and Leonard Elementary was the designated central location for the program due to the Christmas break.

Police said the woman said she’d left her ID in the car and refused to retrieve it.

Troy School District policy states that when latchkey staff are not familiar with a family, they must ask to see ID before they release the children. Breidenich said all parents were informed of the policy and change in venue.

Police said the Clawson woman reportedly grabbed her children without producing ID and pushed the latchkey employee aside several times. The employee was unhurt, Breidenich said.

Police said several children were present during the scuffle.

The Clawson woman reportedly went into Troy police headquarters on her own later that evening to discuss the incident, and police issued her the citation.

The charge is a misdemeanor punishable by no more than 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.