One mom felt like she had to do what a mom’s “gotta do” in order to protect her third-grade son from his bullies.
But now Jamie Rathburn is regretting her decision to scold his classmates after it led to her arrest.
As the Greenville News reports, the South Carolina mother was detained and charged with disturbing schools three days after she entered her son’s school without signing in at Greenbrier Elementary.
According to reports, “she snuck into the school and confronted kids that she estimated to be 9 years old” because she was fed up with her son’s bullies. Those bullies allegedly picked on him throughout most of the school year.
Rathburn said at first, she relied on the school to fix the issue by sending emails to the student’s teacher, but by the end of the school year, the boy was having more bad days than goods days after allegedly being picked on repeatedly. The mom had reached her breaking point.
Rathburn, who is known as a “class mom” at Greenbrier Elementary School, stormed past school officials during morning drop-off and into her son’s classroom. She then told the 9-year-old students that “she was not playing around and that they better stop messing with her kid,” according to school security footage.
She was also recorded lifting “her finger in a pointing manner and circle around as if making sure all the kids heard her and were listening.”
One teacher wrote about the incident in a written statement. They said Rathburn was “pointing her finger at the kids and getting in their faces.” Another said:
“Not knowing who was bullying her son but that she was going to find them and their moms.”
Rathburn was arrested on May 20. She told the outlet:
“I am absolutely ashamed of myself for the actions of walking up into that school. You know, I owe the parents, the children and the staff an apology for that. Absolutely, it was wrong. But honestly, I don’t know how I could have gotten my message across any other way.”
According to Kids Health, the best way for parents to handle school bullies is to research laws in your community or contact legal authorities if your child’s school can’t come up with a useful approach.