Class mom arrested after confronting son's bullies in school

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 13, 2019

And read about the surprising thing that happened when this mum confronted her child's bullies.

One teacher reported that she heard Rathburn yelling that she didn't know "who was bullying her son but that she was going to find them and their moms".

SC law classifies the crime as a misdemeanor and if she's found guilty she could be fined up to $2,000 and or be jailed for a year. "But honestly, I don't know how I could have gotten my message across any other way".

Rathburn also said that she herself was the victim of bullying-which was so bad that she attempted suicide when she was 13-years-old.

She said the school had isolated her son from the rest of the class for her son's safety but felt it was retaliation for her behavior and persistence in trying to get the school to do something about the bullying.

"I can't go eat lunch with my children", Rathburn said.

Another teacher told authorities that when he brought Rathburn into his classroom after the incident, she cursed him out and stormed out of the room.

It was unclear whether her son's bullies were ever punished and the school wouldn't provide her with documentation of his situation, citing privacy concerns since the reports may involve other students, she said.

Rathburn started a Facebook page called Moms over Bullies, where she tries to raise awareness of the seriousness of bullying in school and the emotional and psychological impact it may have, as well as on ways to how to discover it and how to avoid it.

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"Maybe in her mind she was going there to confront a bully or a couple of children, but in not knowing who those were and choosing to yell at dozens of innocent kids, there is nothing appropriate about yelling at other people's children's in a school setting after you've snuck in illegally", Brotherton said.

Jamie Rathburn says she was fed up by the way her son was treated when she entered an elementary school without permission to confront her child's bullies.

She confirmed that she first sent an email to her son's teacher in December explaining that one of her child's classmates had picked on him about his hair.

Jamie Rathburn was arrested on May 20. She says her son has been teased, hit with a computer and grabbed by his throat.

Four days after she marched inside, Rathburn was arrested and booked into Greenville County jail on a charge of nonstudent interfering, disrupting or disturbing schools.

'I am absolutely ashamed of myself for the actions of walking up into that school, ' she said. "If they wanted to continue then I needed to talk to their mommas because the school wasn't doing anything".

"I was becoming a statistic because nobody listened to me", Rathburn said.

In response to the incident, Greenbrier, which calls itself the "school of kindness", has added a second staff member to work on the front door in the morning but they haven't commented on Ms Rathburn's case.

The school has added extra security as a precaution against the furious mother. "Most of our principals make 200 to 300 decisions a day".

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