Mother charged with attacking coach, player in locker room


by WHAS11

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 19 at 8:10 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Located less than three miles apart, Westport and Kammerer Middle Schools have always been sports rivals, but school officials say a rivalry on the court threatened to turn to violence off the court, at a girls' basketball game earlier this month.

"Concerns were raised about some chatter raised on social media between players from the two schools," Jefferson County Public Schools Spokesperson Ben Jackey said.

"What my friend says is that when they played the last time in January, that there were some things that were said. And this girl posted some things on Facebook," Elizabeth Bartholomew, whose friend's daughter plays on the Westport Middle School Girls Basketball Team said.

When it came time for the game to be played at Kammerer on February 7, security was beefed up.

"The concern was that the students may be involved in some sort of altercation. To the students' credit, that didn't happen. Unfortunately, in this case, it appears that the parent was the one who did not act properly," Jackey said.

According to a criminal complaint, that parent, 32-year-old Wenohah Knuckles, whose child plays basketball for Kammerer Middle School, entered the Westport Middle School team's locker room, confronted the Westport M.S. Coach Mamie Nash.

Knuckles then allegedly choked a member of the Westport team. Knuckles believed the girl posted messages on Facebook that were insulting to her daughter.

According to the report, the entire Westport Road Middle School team witnessed the attack.

"She was traumatized. That's why the mom was very upset that the daughter had to witness it or even be involved in something like that at all in middle school," Bartholomew said.

WHAS11 went to Knuckles' home to try to talk to her, but noone answered the door.

Those familiar with the incident hope she won't be allowed back to future sporting events.

"I don't think that's a good example because they're supposed to be teaching us how to grow up and do things on our own," Kammerer Middle School student Reanna Higgins said.

Knuckles has a prior criminal history with arrests for marijuana possession, prescription drug forgery and other crimes.

She's charged with two counts of assault in the latest incident.