By: Melina Matthes
OMAHA (kptm) - A Council Bluffs mother is behind bars this evening after being accused of encouraging her son to fight another boy. She's also accused of getting involved and throwing a punch herself.
"Come on Matthew"
Three weeks ago a video was posted to YouTube. "Come on with a right hook."
Two middle school boys are shown punching each other repeatedly while one of their mother's stands back watching. "This is the first fight with Matthew too."
Two and a half minutes later the mother gets involved and appears to swing a few punches herself. Parents wonder why she didn't stop it. "I just think that she should get in trouble and that she should not have done that she should've called somebody, police or broke it up without throwing a punch," Lauren Wilcox says.
"I hate to say this, it all goes back to the home. Parents have to stress anything can happen in fights," Detective Matt Brinkman says.
Council Bluffs police arrested 31-year-old Alisha Hazen for child endangerment, serious assault, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. "Even if they were fighting, she still shouldn't have put her hands on someone else's kid," Wilcox says.
Fox 42 spoke with a group of middle school students after they got off the bus and they say the fight happened right next to Kreft Primary school. They watched the whole thing happen and when they saw the mother get involved they couldn't believe their eyes. "Unfortunately ya know what, that's when we as parents we gotta look in the mirror and we have to be held responsible we're trying to teach our kids to be better then we are," Brinkman says.
Hazen wouldn't appear on camera but her significant other says he's worried the whole thing will get blown out of proportion. He also says she was the only parent there and she had no choice but to get involved. "Fighting is never the answer, talk it out, or get an adult to help you talk it out, something, but not fighting," Wilcox says.
The arrest warrant says Hazen didn't try to break up the fight until her son was hit in the face. Authorities say Hazen could face up to six years in prison. The video has since been removed from YouTube.
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