SC mom accused of yelling at son's bullies arrested, charged

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2019

Surveillance video showed her approach the class and "lift her finger in a pointing manner and circle around as if making sure all the kids heard her and were listening", authorities said.

Rathburn, herself a victim of bullying that at age 13 had driven her to attempt suicide, said that as her son continued being picked on, he began suffering from nightmares and coming up with excuses not to go to school.

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. It added, "She was not playing around and that they better stop messing with her kid".

In hindsight, Rathburn says she regrets her actions but not for sticking up for her son. Rathburn shared an email that said the teacher would be willing to speak to her if she had any further concerns.

Greenville County Schools said she shouted at the children because she wasn't satisfied with how the school was handling her son being bullied.

"I dont know when it's time to protect [my] child's mental health, but I think [doing something] now before something bad happens is better than five years from now when something bad has already happened". Absolutely, it was wrong. "But honestly, I don't know how I could have gotten my message across any other way", Rathburn told the paper during an interview.

She was arrested for interfering, disrupting or disturbing schools.

She's since offered an apology to the school, students and parents. "If they wanted to continue then I needed to talk to their mommas because the school wasn't doing anything". "As a class mum, that's devastating".

Rathburn apologized for her actions but says that she felt she was left with no other choice after the school failed to act in any meaningful way.

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

According to Brotherton, some of the specific incidents involved another classmate making faces or telling Rathburn's son that his haircut was "silly", but Rathburn insists the treatment of her son was closer to harassment.

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. She still knew what was going on, though, because he "wears his heart on his sleeve". Brian Sherman, assistant to the superintendent for the school district, said that he could not comment specifically on the Rathburn case, but he told the paper that determining whether bullying happens can be hard to decipher, especially when kids provide alternative accounts of what happened. "Most of our principals make 200 to 300 decisions a day". The police became aware of the incident when Rathburn posted a Facebook video of her describing the incident.

"There were several different students over the course of the year who he did not get along with or weren't the nicest kids in the room or said something unkind", said Brotherton.

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