Facebook comments made a mother snap and 'choke boy, 14, in mall' | Mail Online
Incensed: Debbie Piscitella allegedly choked a teen boy at a mall after he wrote vulgar comments about her daughter on Facebook
A mother allegedly choked a 14-year-old boy in a mall after he wrote on Facebook that her daughter was so ugly he wouldn't even rape her.
Debbie Piscitella, 46, of St. Petersburg, Florida was at Tyrone Square Mall with her 14-year-old daughter when the girl spotted the boy.
The mother was allegedly caught on a store camera grabbing the boy's backpack and choking him, leaving him with red marks on his neck.
'The mother of the girl became incensed,' police spokesman Mike Puetz said. 'She put her hands around his throat and started to choke him.'
It came just hours after he made offensive and sexual comments about her daughter's appearance on photos girl had uploaded to the website, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The girl's father, Jim Piscitella, went online to tell the boy to stop the comments, but he responded with even more, the man said.
'It was just vulgar,' he told the Times. 'It's just mean.'
After the attack, the unidentified 14-year-old boy called police.
An officer responded and called the boy's mother, who initially said she did not want to press charges.
Scene: Piscitella was at Tyrone Square Mall with her daughter when the girl spotted the boy, who had made offensive comments about her on Facebook
But Debbie Piscitella was arrested after the boy's mother saw the red marks on the boy's neck and changed her mind, Puetz said.
Of the attack, Piscitelle wrote on Facebook: 'I shouldn't have done that. But you all do not even come close to understanding all the torment they have put my child through.'
But the boy's mother, Keysha Tipton, a single mother who once taught classes on anger management and parenting, said there was no excuse.
'I'm pretty disgusted by it,' she said. 'A grown woman attacking a 14-year-old is just inexcusable to me. As an adult you know better.'
She added: 'By all means, if my son needs to apologise for what he said, he will be apologising.
'But regardless of how mad you get, you don't put your hands on anybody - especially a child.'
Piscitella was arrested on a charge of child abuse was later released from jail on $5,000 bail.
She told police she touched the boy's neck accidentally, but a witness and surveillance from one of the mall stores confirmed the teen's version.
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I feel conflicted about this story because that was an ugly, downright VULGAR comment made by the kid and I do think that the "Mama wolf" in her came out, and that kid needed to be disciplined, but choking him in public? A bit too far.
The mother of the boy should monitor his online activity closely.