Your 9 year old daughter is being bullied. You repeatedly tell the school it is happening. The school does nothing about it.
What do you do then?
Well, here, via Nicole Darrah’s article at Fox News, is what Ms. Sarah Sims did…and what happened because of it:
A Virginia mother has reportedly been charged with a felony after putting a recording device in her daughter’s backpack to catch alleged bullying.
Sarah Sims put a digital recorder into her 9-year-old daughter’s backpack in September in an attempt to obtain proof that she was being bullied at Ocean View Elementary School in Norfolk and to show that no one was helping her daughter, WAVY-TV reported.
“If I’m not getting an answer from you what am I left to do?” Sims said of trying to take action on her own, noting the school didn’t respond to her repeated calls and emails.
Sims’ recorder was found, and her daughter was reportedly moved to another classroom. A month later, Sims was charged with felony use of device to intercept oral communication and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to WAVY. With the charge, Sims could face five years in prison.
Ocean View Elementary School nor the Norfolk School District were immediately available for comment. Ocean View, however, told WAVY that they couldn’t comment on the pending investigation.
A preliminary hearing for Sims is reportedly scheduled for Jan. 18.
How dare they charge this woman, this concerned mother, with a crime for trying to protect her daughter?
How dare they do anything but apologize profusely for allowing the bullying to continue even after repeatedly being told about it? For looking the other way?
How dare they not come forward and explain themselves, instead of trying to punish the mother of a 9 year old who feared for her child’s welfare. Isn’t concern for children’s welfare what the school is supposed to be worried about?
Personally, I hope the charges against Sarah Sims are summarily dismissed…and that the responsible parties at Ocean View Elementary School are forced to explain and defend their actions.
If they can show Ms. Sims is being dishonest or exaggerating the situation, so be it.
But common sense tells me that’s not the case. She did not put a recorder in her child’s backpack to chronicle bullying that wasn’t taking place. Nor would the school finally, after this came to light, move her child to a different class for something that wasn’t happening.
My expectation is that the faculty members involved here will do whatever they can to avoid having to answer for this. And, given the circumstances, I don’t blame them a bit.
But Sarah Sims, and every other bullied child at Ocean View Elementary School who was, or will be, ignored this way (can anyone seriously believe she’s the only one), deserve more.