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Woman speaks out after brawl at Southington school

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Melinda Chantea Fisher. (Southington Police/WFSB) Melinda Chantea Fisher. (Southington Police/WFSB)
SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A Southington school employee accused of getting into a brawl with her supervisor is now sharing her story.

Last month, police said 29-year-old Melinda Fisher punched, kicked and threw coffee on her supervisor during a discussion about her punctuality.

But Fisher said, on day of the fight at South End Elementary School, she should have called in sick.

She said she had an infection in her tooth, had been working five jobs, and was overwhelmed. She didn’t call out, and things at the school quickly spiraled out of control.

"I'm just letting people know. I'm embarrassed. I'm ashamed. I'm appalled and I'm not okay with my actions,” Fisher exclusively told Eyewitness News. "I just blacked out and that's when the hitting happened."

Fisher is a technology assistant for the district. While police said she allegedly punched her supervisor in the face, pushed her to the ground, and kicked her, and threw a cup of coffee at her, she said that’s not the case.

While she said she doesn’t want to make any excuses for her actions, she said she endured six weeks of bullying, harassment, and verbal abuse by her supervisor, but was fearful of reporting it.

"When you're a person of color, you don't want to be seen as the problem. I don't want to be seen as the problem because I just started the job,” Fisher said.

Despite those claims, Fisher is quick to take full responsibility for the fight, but said she wants everyone to know she is not a monster.

“The real Melinda Fisher isn't violent or terrible. The real Melinda Fisher doesn't assault people in the workplace. I don't assault people at all. That's the real me,” Fisher said.

She is due back in court on June 3 and remains suspended by the district.

Eyewitness News reached out to her supervisor but has not heard back.

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