Mom Arrested After Confronting Kid's Alleged Bullies At School

Jamie Rathburn said that she regrets the manner in which she handled the bullying problem at her son's school.

Greenville, SC – The mother of a little boy who was being bullied at school took matters into her own hands and confronted the bullies, but later said she regretted that decision.

“I don’t regret standing up for my child one bit,” Jamie Rathburn told CNN. “I regret the way I did it.”

The incident occurred on May 17 at Greenbrier Elementary School when an angry Rathburn burst into the school and began shouting at some eight- and nine-year-old boys in the hallway, WHNS reported.

The warrant for Rathburn’s arrest said that the school’s surveillance cameras had captured video of the mother entering the school without permission and approaching a group of boys sitting in the hallway.

She was accused of yelling at the children and hurling obscenities at a teacher who tried to intervene, WHNS reported.

Rathburn said her son had endured both verbal and physical bullying throughout the entire school year and claimed she had reported it to school officials on numerous occasions, CNN reported.

She said school officials did nothing to alleviate her son’s suffering and eventually separated her son from other students “for his protection.”

Rathburn said administrators had a teacher follow her son everywhere he went, including to lunch and the playground, CNN reported.

She said that was the final straw that sent her raging to the elementary school to confront her son’s tormentors.

“I walked right in that school [and] told those children that bullying wasn’t okay,” Rathburn told CNN. “If they wanted to continue then I needed to talk to their mommas because the school wasn’t doing anything.”

The mother admitted that she cussed out her son’s teacher and the school principal during her tantrum.

Three days later, on May 20, Rathburn was arrested and charged with nonstudent interfering, disrupting or disturbing schools, WHNS reported.

The misdemeanor charge carries the potential fine of up to $2,000 and a jail term of no more than a year.

Ironically, police only became aware of the incident when the mother posted a video rant to Facebook afterwards, CNN reported.

That video has since been deleted.

Rathburn said she wishes she had handled the problem in a different way.

“I do owe the staff, parents and students an apology — absolutely,” Rathburn told CNN. “My actions were wrong whether it was for the right reason or not. Putting myself in their shoes, I can understand how anyone would be upset.”

The Greenville County School District sent out a statement that said they had been working with Rathburn to solve the bullying problem before the incident.

They wrote that they believed the mother's frustration was based on the fact that the school district refused to tell Rathburn how her son’s bullies had been punished because of privacy restrictions, WHNS reported.

“It is our opinion that the appropriate reaction to unhappiness with a school response is to have a conversation with the adults in charge,” the school district wrote. “In this case, that would be the teacher, the principal and other school administrators, or the district administration, and not a hallway filled with eight and nine year-old children. There is also a formal complaint form that can be filed with the school or the district that would launch a broad scale investigation. Ms. Rathburn never filed the complaint form or contacted anyone at the district level prior to taking illegal action.”

“We should point out that her arrest came after concerned adults watched Ms. Rathburn’s threatening, profanity-laden videos on social media and called law enforcement, not because our employees chose to file charges,” the statement continued. “She was placed on no trespass with Greenville County Schools after an internal investigation, not because she confronted a school bully, but because of her actions. Ms. Rathburn illegally entered a school (by her own admission), yelled at a group of young students because she didn't know which boy she was looking for, and cursed a school employee.”

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Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

Schools do nothing to prevent the issues. More shooting will continue. I support this mother.

killer93
killer93

Me too. The little shits get away with murder these days.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Teach your children how to defend themselves. Send them to learn martial arts or give them a baseball bat to take to school.

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

USA Schools are only good at promoting eating Condoms and Tide-Pods.

USA School Officers hide during school shootings.

Time for parents to stand up!

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

Let's set this mother up with a GoFundMe Page. I will donate but first I'm sending her the $2,000 to cover the fine. Let's give her $100K for her defense.

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

Back in the 80s my 8 y/o son played Pop Warner football. His uncle was an assistant coach for the team. My son would come home and say he didn't want to play football any more. So I asked his uncle. There was a kid on the team who bullied my son. I asked him why he didn't stop it. Seems his uncle was afraid of the kid's dad. Next practice I walked up behind the kid when he started yanking my son around and putting his face in the dirt. His dad was sitting there watching. I tapped the kid on the shoulder and when he turned around I grabbed him by his jersey front and pulled his face up near mine. I told him if he touched my son again I would beat the shit out of him. His dad started to yell at me and I told him to shut up and that his kid was an asshole and so was he for allowing him to bully other kids. I told him when my husband got home from a business trip I could send him over to discuss it if the man wanted. He backed down because he knew my husband had served in the USMC and did 3 tours in Vietnam. No more problems from the bully kid or the dad.

These days I would be put in jail for protecting my child and the bully's parents would be getting $$. I'm not saying what I did was right either but when a person in authority won't protect your child then a parent finally has to say "enough". I'm proud of the woman.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I'm not defending the bullies, nor the lack of action by the school... however.....

"Ms. Rathburn never filed the complaint form or contacted anyone at the district level prior to taking illegal action." So if the school wasn't doing anything, she should have went up the chain of command to the district. Going in and confronting the bullies, which feels right on an emotional level, was not the right thing to do as her actions were inappropriate, and they have consequences.

nenasmiller
nenasmiller

Many schools do a very poor job with taps on the wrists as the bullying continues. Then kids end up as suicide statistics. I can’t blame her for losing her temper. She just should have gone about it a little differently and jump on this crap from the get go. I would have harassed the shit out of that teacher and administration. They would have dreaded seeing me coming to the door.

ladywriter
ladywriter

my son was never bullied and that's because he wasn't afraid of them and knew how to defend himself. he never threw the first punch but had no problem throwing the second. yeah, he would get suspended but he never started a fight. every time we had to go to the principal's office they would tell us they don't condone fighting. .yeah, neither do we but my son is not going to stand there and not defend himself. would ask the principal what he taught his kids to do and he said 'fight back'. I now have 6 gkids and one of my girls gets bullied often because of her weight. she wants to engage them but I keep telling her to let them throw the first punch and then take care of business. in my opinion bullies are cowards that pick on kids that are weak and afraid to fight back. they're not interested in ones that can kick their ass.

colonelorville
colonelorville

When I was in elementary school, there was this bully that was always picking on my younger brother. I am now a retired Police Officer and I was a Marine in the Korean War. My younger brother passed some years ago. I support this mother 100%, as obviously some things never change. One day, I was sitting in class and one of the girls said, "You better go check on you brother, he looks terrible." I went to his class and there he is sitting with gravel stuck to his face with some red stuff, that they used in those days. The bully had pushed him down and he landed face down in some gravel. In preparation, perhaps, for my future careers, I took him by the hand, and "marched" to the main office, where sat the principal and school nurse. I said, "He needs to see a doctor." I called our mother who took it from there.

GMMiller
GMMiller

If more parents cared this much for their children there would be less bullying in schools and less violence and/or shootings in our schools.

Pack
Pack

She did what the parents of the little monsters should have done.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

After I retired I worked at an elementary school as a yard supervisor and para educator and can tell you schools do not take bullying seriously. They go out of their way to protect the bullies feels that they must have problems at home that are causing their issues. All to often they continue the bullying by holding the victim equally responsible for what happened. I can also tell you from first hand experience that some of the worst bullies I saw on campus were the teachers often calling student they did care for names and treating them differently in class. My own son was assaulted while in middle school having a kid hit him in the back of the head with a guitar after class. It knocked him out cold and he had to have 8 staples in the back of his head to close the wound. The kid who assaulted my son thought he might have heard my son call him a name but he wasn't sure. When I took the hospital paperwork to the school the next day I was approached by the schools police officer and advised that my son could have avoided the situation if he had called someone a name. I stood there a looked at him like he had 3 eyes and said where's your proof. He couldn't answer me and apologized saying that the school administration told him he had to tell me that. The DA filed assault with a deadly weapon charges against the kid and he was found guilty. A no contact order was issued and a year later when the kid had finished his court sentence the school district wanted us to drop the no contact order so the kid could return to the school. I refused and they called almost daily for a month because the kids parents felt it was unfair that he couldn't return to the school. This IS what's wrong with the schools, the bullying is suppose to be forgotten about by the victim and the schools try to force it because they feel sorry for the bully, not the victim.

Bud
Bud

I don't condone how she handled it, but some of the blame does go to the school, for not doing a better job of working with her.

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

The public schools are a sewer. I put my kids in parochial school all the way through high school. Public school teachers and administrators don't have the tools to deal with bullying or the ability to establish a culture in the schools to combat it. My kids are through the educational system and never encountered a bully or saw bullying. Time to think about vouchers. Let parents choose where they want to send their kids and the environment will change quickly.

BruthaV
BruthaV

Schools are more interested in teaching your children about climate change and embracing another gender, and they are less concerned about teaching reading, writing and arithmetic, let along their physical safety and well-being.

Caddis
Caddis

What a ridicules criminal charge. Probably charged because she was white. Students punch teachers, cuss out teachers all the time and nothing happens to them.

This lady is a class act too with her remorse and apology.

Patmandy
Patmandy

She needs to pull her child out of the school and home school. American education is rated at the bottom of the list of all countries. Their policy on dealing with a child that a victim of being bullying isn't working.

EMarie
EMarie

Time for HOME School!

militans Deo
militans Deo

Having worked as a School Officer, I can tell you the schools do not give a shit about kids. The only thing they are concerned with is getting money for attendance. They also only care about getting sued. Each year there are over 300,000 serious batteries resulting in significant injuries to students. Student on student violence is a significant problem and the kids need an ass whooping as do many parents.

Digger15108
Digger15108

Even the so-called excellent school districts turn their heads away when bullying is reported. This is the case with my Granddaughter. The bullying was reported to the school, nothing done, not even a talk with the bullies. Schools just don’t give a flying f. They put up posters about bullying isn’t right, but yet it is actually reported, they really don’t want to get involved. They don’t want to OFFEND the other families involved in the bullying. Yes offend. People are offended by most everything today. Can’t tell you how many times I actually got spanked in school. That was the easy part, the hard part was knowing what was waiting for me at home. Another ass whooping by parents that cared. The fared about me becoming a better individual. That was a benefit for me. They cared. Today, you go to jail for that. Political Correctness is the blame. Everybody must be ready to accept responsibility for their actions. That must be taught at a young age. Spare the rod, spoil the child. Why do I care now? I’m 70 yrs old. Because my Granddaughter cannot go to her school, for which her parents pay a lot of taxes to support. She has to learn from home. Time to stop this crap in schools.

trainbuff
trainbuff

Shove that formal complaint form up your ass! You, the school, should have handled this problem and didn't so kudos to the mom for doing your job!

tfort
tfort

You cannot in this day and age, enter schools like this. She is lucky she didn’t get shot.

hampshire
hampshire

Support Mother 100% 👌🏼 PC. BS. Had gone to far....

GregoryThomas
GregoryThomas

So instead of punishing the actual bullies the school victimizes the victim!?!? I would have been up in that principals face too! And if it was not rectified THAT DAY...the bullies parents (as they are responsible for their kids actions) would be named in a lawsuit along with the principal & teacher. Asking for them to do something did not work...so you demand it. If that don't work you sue...that is today's America...sad but true.