ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A Facebook posting from a 14-year-old boy about his 13-year-old female classmate angered the girl’s mother so much that the mother allegedly began to choke the boy in a mall. Nothing to “like” about that.
Debbie Piscitella was arrested Monday after she allegedly choked a teenage boy in a local mall, physically confronting him about several disparaging Facebook posts he had made about Piscitella’s teenage daughter.
St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz told CBS Tampa that Piscitella, 46, and her daughter were at Tyrone Square Mall on Monday afternoon when the girl noticed a classmate of hers.
“The girl had received some Facebook postings from this boy that were apparently very rude and disrespectful,” said Puetz, adding that he didn’t know exactly what was said.
As soon as the 13-year-old daughter pointed the boy out to her mother, Piscitella proceeded to grab the boy’s throat and began to choke him for “about five to eight seconds,” Puetz said.
Shaken by the incident, the 14-year-old boy would notify the police. The boy’s mother decided to press charges when she saw the red marks on his neck, according to WTSP. WTSP also reports that once Piscitella was arrested, she tried to tell police that the choking was accidental.
Piscitella has been charged with child abuse. She was released on $5,000 bail on Tuesday.