Mom on meth assaults passenger in school drop-off line, deputies say

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A woman was arrested after she was accused of entering a van and assaulting a passenger in the drop-off line at Rainbow Lake Middle School, according to the Spartanburg Co. Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say she told them she had taken meth early Monday morning.


Deputies say the suspect, Anita Joann Cantrell, 36, appeared agitated as she was walking beside the drop-off line and entered the van.

A school resource officer immediately removed her from the vehicle and detained her.

The people in the van say they didn’t know her.

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office says it is his understanding that Cantrell’s child attends the elementary school across the street.

The deputy said Cantrell was manic due to some form of intoxication. She told the deputy she had ingested meth, officials said. 

Cantrell began to scream and repeatedly bang her head against the plexi-glass partition of the patrol vehicle, officials said.

Cantrell was taken to the hospital for evaluation and restrained.

Once she was cleared, she was taken to the detention center and charged with assault and battery third degree and disturbing school, according to the sheriff’s department.

She also had an active warrant for assault and battery for an unrelated incident from last year when she was accused of assaulting another female, according to the sheriff’s office.


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