Mother arrested for confronting six year-old sons bullies at school
A mother was arrested after shouting her six-year-old sons bullies at his school.
Jamie Rathburn, 34, went to her sons school in Greenville, South Carolina on May 17 to let the bullies know she was not playing around and that they better stop messing with her kid, police said.
She told the Greenville News her son had been teased, choked, and hit with a computer by other students in the months leading up the the incident, but she said the school did not discipline them or help her son.
Rathburn sent an email to the school that said: Picking becomes bullying really quickly nowadays, and Ive taught my kids not to tolerate it, so before something transpires could you address it?.
Instead, school officials separated her son on the playground so they could watch him more easily, which did not sit well with her – so the next day she took matters into her own hands.
As children sat in the schools hallway waiting for class to begin, Rathburn showed up unannounced and began pointing her finger at the kids and getting in their faces, according to teachers.
A police report said she was able to walk into the front door of Greenbrier Elementary School without signing in at the front office, which guests are required to do.
Greenville police watched surveillance video of the confrontation, which had no audio, and said they saw Rathburn lift her finger in a pointing manner and circle around as if making sure all the kids heard her and were listening.
One teacher said she heard Rathburn screaming about not knowing who was bullying her son but that she was going to find them and their moms.
Rathburn was arrested three days later and she now says she regrets allowing emotions to control her actions.