Oklahoma City man avoids jail in attacks on mom, Douglass High School ex-principal

Elijah Salaam Mohammed, 32, received a deferred sentence after entering pleas in separate cases involving an Oklahoma City high school principal and Mohammed's mother.
by Tim Willert Published: March 25, 2013

Attack on mother

Mohammed also pleaded no contest last month to charges of domestic abuse by strangulation and interference with an emergency telephone call in the Oct. 11, 2011, attack on his mother, Marcia Fay Muhammed, a former Douglass assistant principal.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Mohammed entered his mother's Oklahoma City home, started hitting her in the head with his hands and grabbed her by the throat with both hands, saying he was going to “choke her out.”

Mohammed told his mother that if he heard anything out of her mouth he would “burn the house down with the victim inside it,” police reported.

A witness intervened, police said, stopping the attack and keeping Mohammed from entering the garage where the “gas cans were.”

In 2010, Marcia Muhammad was put on administrative leave. Shortly after, Staples was attacked in the school parking lot.

Staples recommended to the school board in June 2011 that Muhammed be fired for disobedience, and she was.

Muhammad was among those leading the charge for Staples to be fired. She filed a complaint against Staples with the U.S. Department of Education.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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