LANSING (WWJ) – A Lansing couple will be in court next week — accused of beating up an elementary school crossing guard who was attempting to break up a fight between the couple’s son and a classmate.
Shareka McKinney, 29, and Darrell Livingston, 26, face charges of assault and battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. They have an April 12th court date on the misdemeanor charges.
Police say the couple drove their 6-year-old son to the school crossing and directed him to attack a 7-year-old classmate who’d been bullying him. When the 6-year-old knocked the other boy down, 73-year-old crossing guard James Thompson intervened, and then was allegedly attacked by Livingston and McKinney.
Livingston told police that Thompson came at him with a knife, but the crossing guard says he was not armed.
The elderly man suffered a chipped front tooth as a result of the beating, he said.
The parents and child then left the scene.
Lansing School District spokesman Stephen Serkaian confirmed the two first-graders attend Lyons Elementary.
“This is a typical schoolboy playground incident that went completely haywire when the parents overreacted in an inappropriate way,” he said.