SC mom arrested after confronting children she says bullied her son
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A South Carolina mom was arrested after entering her third grade son’s school and confronting classmates he accused of bullying him, The Greenville News reported.

Jamie Rathburn took her son to school on May 17, and she entered the building with him without signing in at the school’s office.

Video footage from the school security system showed her lifting her finger “in a pointing manner” and circling around students lined up in the hallway waiting for class to begin, police said.


"I am absolutely ashamed of myself for the actions of walking up into that school," Rathburn said in an interview with The Greenville News. "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."

The Greenville County Sherriff’s Office was informed of the incident after Rathburn posted a now-deleted, nearly seven-minute video to Facebook, “ranting” about the incident and admitting that “she snuck into the school and confronted kids that she estimated to be 9 years old,” the police report said.

Rathburn was arrested three days after the incident and charged with disturbing schools before being released on a personal recognizance bond, The Greenville News reported. 

Rathburn is not allowed on any Greenville County Schools property.

The mom first tried to report her son’s bullies in December, according to The Greenville News. She said other students called him names, hit him with a computer and jerked him backwards off a slide by his throat.

Although a teacher said he told Rathburn’s son to “ignore him, stay away and be the bigger man,” the bullying continued through May and the school did little to stop it, Rathburn told The Greenville News. The school refused to set up a meeting between the students so her son and his classmates could talk, and the school declined to give Rathburn and her husband documentation about the situation because it would violate the other students’ privacy.

The incident and the school’s alleged lack of a response was also personal for Rathburn because she said she attempted suicide at the age of 13 after she was bullied.

“I was becoming a statistic because nobody listened to me," Rathburn told The Greenville News. "I can't let that happen to my child. I don't know when I should be concerned about these issues, but I feel like it's now because in five years it's too late."

Brian Sherman, the assistant to the superintendent for the school district, said schools are always trying to improve their responses to bullying, although he declined to comment on Rathburn’s case specifically.

"We have 91 schools," Sherman told The Greenville News. "Most of our principals make 200 to 300 decisions a day. Anybody making 300 decisions a day will make mistakes."