South Carolina mom, Jamie Rathburn, experienced the extreme frustration that most parents feel when they find out their child is being bullied.
Most schools, which have anti-bullying policies in effect, often fail to stop harmful behaviour between children, whether it be verbal or physical. With self-harm and suicide rates on the rise, bullying has become an epidemic that needs to be stopped. In Jamie Rathburn's case, after several failed attempts to help her child stop the bullies, she decided to take matters into her own hands when the harassment wouldn't cease.
Entering her son's 3rd-grade class at Greenbrier Elementary School on May 17th, Jamie Rathburn did what most of us parents want to do but hold back doing when we hear another child is hurting ours: unleashing the mama bear. In Rathburn's case, her anger and frustration clouded her better judgment and she ended up getting her arrested.
Although the security footage of Rathburn's wrath had no audio, witnesses report that she screamed at the children and got in their faces expressing her displeasure. The children, who are roughly nine-years-old, stood lined up against a wall during the incident unsure of what to do. A male teacher proceeded to escort Rathburn into his classroom where she reportedly "proceeded to curse at him before storming out," says Cafemom.
A few days after walking off the school premises, police arrested Jamie Rathburn for her actions. Rathburn is now banned from stepping foot on school property and Cafemom reports that a teacher at the elementary school will now be watching the front entrance to prevent another occurrence like this one.
"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 district reports that although reaching out to the school and the teachers, Rathburn didn't contact the district office; a very necessary action in instances such as these. In saying that, however, many parents who have children who are being bullied do contact the district office for their area and nothing changes. Although Jamie Rathburn did go a bit overboard with her protective instincts, the message behind her actions is pretty clear: bullying is an issue that parents need to intervene in some manner.