According to the Delaware County Times, 36-year-old Nicole Edna Holton of Huntley Road, Upper Darby set up a fight between her daughter and an unnamed classmate to take place at the gas station on Lansdowne Avenue and State Road on Friday after class had ended.
Holten claims the two girls were having “issues” at school with one another, and that the school wasn’t handling these issues, so she arranged to set up a fight. When the other girl showed up and the two began fighting, police officers broke up the fight and charged the mother with several different counts.
Details regarding the incidents leading up to the fight remain unknown. However, Holton allegedly told police that “If the school can’t do anything about it we will handle it ourselves. These girls have been having issues at the school with each other, so I let them handle it. Me and my daughter met her here and I let them handle their problem because the school did not do (expletive).” During the fight, police officers patrolling the area drove by and noticed the two girls engaged in fisticuffs. After breaking up the fight, the officers charged Holten, who was watching the fight, with disorderly conduct, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of children.
Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood issued a statement soon after the arrest, noting the dangers of arranging such fights and saying it was “bad parenting.” Thankfully, neither of the two students were seriously injured as a result of the mother’s negligence, but arranged fights like this pose a serious threat.
“This is apparently an ongoing battle between the two girls about boys,” police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. “This mom sends a really great message. She knew they were squabbling and said she was going to take care of it. The woman brought her daughter to the parking lot to commit a crime. Who knows what could have happened? One of them could have been seriously injured. This is stupid parenting.”
After being booked into the county jail, Holten was released on bond. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
It’s unknown whether or not Holton has sought legal representation for these charges.