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Two women charged with inciting attack by student in Southside Elementary

Two women were arrested Tuesday at Southside Elementary School after police said they walked into the school and encouraged a student to attack another student.

The women entered the South Buffalo school at about 9:15 a.m. and went into a classroom and spurred a student there to fight another student, according to a Buffalo police report.

The student who initiated the attack was a cousin of one of the women; the other woman was the student's legal guardian.

Jessica Nelson, 29, was accused of telling her cousin to "beat" the other student, according to the report.

Nelson told her cousin to "do it now" and "get it over with," according to the report.

That was when the student began punching the victim.

A video of the attack, according to the police report, shows the second woman – identified as Mercedes Lucas, 35 – holding the victim while the other student throws punches.

The entire incident was witnessed by a teacher, according to the report.

Nelson and Lucas were charged with child endangerment and trespassing, according to the report.

It is school policy for all visitors to check in at the main office.

A school district spokeswoman declined to comment.

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