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Mission Viejo Woman Charged with Misdemeanor in Classroom Confrontation

A Mission Viejo resident who confronted middle school students in a classroom over allegations of bullying her daughter has been charged with a misdemeanor count of disrupting a class, the Orange County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

Christian Chylyn Prince-Tinsley -- whose expletive-filled rant went viral after it was captured on cellphone video by one of the students -- is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 6 at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.

The charge, which was filed Oct. 15, carries a maximum punishment of a year in jail.

The 33-year-old defendant was seen in the widely disseminated footage recorded May 14 confronting her daughter's classmates at Niguel Hills Middle School and telling them to leave her daughter alone or she will hurt their sisters, aunts and mothers, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors allege she also asked the teacher in the class to hand out tickets reading "Free ass-kicking. Must be 18 or older to redeem."

An assistant principal escorted her off campus after the teacher called the front office for help, and the Capistrano Unified School District banned her from returning to the school, according to the D.A.'s office.

"Schools should be safe spaces where children can learn and thrive," Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said. ``Unfortunately, schools across America have become the targets of violence.

"This incident was way more than an attempt to address accusations of bullying," he said. "This was a deliberate act intended to terrorize a room full of young children in the very space where they are supposed to be safe. There were lawful and appropriate ways for Prince-Tinsley to address her concerns. Sneaking on campus, entering a classroom during class, taking over the class and verbally threatening 12-14 year old students as an adult was way beyond the bounds of being a concerned parent. Everyone is concerned about school violence and threats to students and campus personnel and this act cannot go unpunished."

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