An irate mother allegedly choked a 14-year-old boy in a Florida mall after he wrote on Facebook that her daughter was so ugly he wouldn’t even rape her.
46-year-old Debbie Piscitella ofrom St. Petersburg, Florida was at Tyrone Square Mall with her 14-year-old daughter when the girl spotted the boy.
The mother-of-three 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.’
The enraged mother claimed on her Facebook page that the sheriff’s deputies attending the scene told her they would have done the same.
It came just hours after the boy made offensive and sexual comments about her daughter’s appearance on photos the girl had uploaded to the website.
After the attack, the unidentified 14-year-old boy called police.
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.
Piscitella has received praise on internet forums where some parents have been vocal about internet bullying.