A mum launched a vicious attack on a 15-year-old schoolgirl because she was ‘showing off’ on social media, a court has heard.
Ghazala Mahmood, 44, had become involved in a row between the victim and her daughter, which escalated into a heated altercation outside Levenshulme High School in Manchester last April.
During the fight, the mother-of-four grabbed the girl’s hair so hard that a ‘large clump’ came out.
A teacher also described how people jumped on one another ‘like a rugby pile’.
Manchester Crown Court heard how the row exploded outside the all girls secondary school after the victim – who Mahmood’s daughter and her friends accused of ‘showing off’ – was challenged to a fight.
She was confronted by Mahmood and her daughter, and another mum and her daughter, as she left school at about 3pm.
A judge said Mahmood ‘took the lead’ in the ‘joint assault’, grabbing her hair and pulling her to the floor.
The other three women jumped on the victim, who was then hit in the face and stomach.
Two teachers saw what was happening, and ran over to intervene.
But when Mahmood called the police, she claimed she was the victim.
The victim later received ‘intimidating’ messages from an anonymous account on Instagram, ‘glorifying’ the fact she had been ‘fu**** up’.
In a statement read in court, a teacher at the school said: “I have never witnessed a parent assaulting a child like this.
“I was disgusted at her behaviour.”
The judge added that the incident would have caused the victim – who had to be taken to hospital – ‘huge anxiety for some time’.
The attack also left her with a small cut and bruise near her eye.
Mahmood, of Longsight, has since been found guilty of causing actual bodily harm, after being convicted in the magistrates court.
On Wednesday, a judge heard that she continues to deny the offence.
Judge Richard Mansell QC told Mahmood: “It is a pity that you have been unable to reflect on your actions, and accept that what you did was wholly wrong.
“No parent should ever intervene in a dispute between a child and another child, and certainly not with physical violence.”
Judge Mansell said the offence was so serious that he could have sent Mahmood to prison, but decided to spare her jail.
The court heard that she is the sole carer for her four children, following the breakdown of her marriage.
She also cares for her mother, who is unwell.
Mahmood’s behaviour was ‘wholly out of character’ and the recent breakdown of her marriage was a ‘major factor’ in her actions, the judge said.
She has already received ‘significant punishment’ through the loss of her good character and the effects of criminal proceedings hanging over her, Judge Mansell said.
She was given 18 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months, and must complete 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days.