Have you ever wanted to know what your kids were really up to? Well one Norfolk, Virginia mother couldn’t rein in her curiosity. Because she heard that her beloved daughter was being bullied in school, the Virginia mother slipped a recording device into the girl’s backpack so she could hear what was really going on. But now mom is behind bars, and the people of Virginia are looking forward to her trial.
“I tried to be fair, but it’s not fair,” mom Sarah Sims said. “There is nothing fair about this.”
Because Sims was tired of hearing about how her daughter was being abused and bullied in school, she decided to take definitive action. She had to step in and help protect her 9-year-old daughter from the violent and aggressive bullies at Ocean View Elementary school who were making life for her daughter a nightmare.
But slipping a recording device into her daughter’s backpack was not Sims’s first step. She had sent the school calls and emails, but Ocean View Elementary ignored the concerned mother’s requests. And they never addressed her concerns.
“The thing that bothers me the most is that I am yet to get a response from anyone in the administration,” Sims added.
Because the school was being complicit in the bullying by letting it continue, Sims had to take matters into her own hands. The way she saw it, she had no other choice. She had to prove that her 4th-grade daughter was a victim.
“If I’m not getting an answer from you what am I left to do?” she asked.
Because she needed evidence, Sims put a digital recording device into her child’s backpack. And then she waited to here what was really happening to her daughter at school.
The school found the recording device. They put the girl into a new classroom and then brought the issue to the police. Sims was charged about a month later.
“I was mortified,” Sims said. “The next thing I know I’m a felon. Felony charges and a misdemeanor when I’m trying to look out for my kid. What do you do?”
WAVY, the newsgroup, contacted Norfolk School District for comment. But the reporters were told that since the investigation was pending, they would refuse to comment on the issue. But because the elementary school has a policy that does not allow any electronic devices, they were able to fabricate felony charges against the mother who was only trying to protect her daughter from the relentless bullying she experienced at Ocean View Elementary.
“They aren’t making this about that classroom,” said Sims’ attorney Kristin Paulding. “There are charges that carry jail time.”
Sims was charged with felony use of a device to intercept oral communication and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. This protective mother now faces up to five years in prison because the school would not protect her daughter from bullies.
“Instead of comforting her she’s going to a magistrate and being handcuffed,” Paulding added.
Paulding thinks the charges are ludicrous. But she plans to fight them with everything she’s got, so mothers everywhere feel confident that the law is on their side when they stand up to bullies.