A New Jersey mom is being accused of assaulting two young boys who allegedly bullied her daughter. Rebecca Sardoni and her mother, Stephanie Sardoni, boarded the fourth grader's school bus and confronted two of the four students she knew to have been harassing her little girl. Other students on the bus at the time of the incident have reported that Sardoni cursed at one of the boys and slapped the other. Sardoni maintains that she did not got physical with either of them.
"I was upset. I wasn't crazy woman upset," the younger Sardoni told The Associated Press. "I don't put my hands on my own kids. I would have never put my hands on anyone's kid."
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Rebecca's actions came after complaints to school officials went ignored. She is being charged with simple assault, criminal trespass, and making terroristic threats, and her mother is being charged with criminal trespass.
Admittedly, if I were in this woman's position, I would likely be equally as angry and frustrated. Though I can't foresee myself ever resorting to violence, it is our job as parents to protect our children and when the time comes, we have no choice but to entrust that responsibility to school officials. So when that system fails, which it seems to do quite often, what else is a parent supposed to do aside from taking the problem into his or her own hands? It certainly wouldn't be okay to continue to let your child be harassed without taking any action. That in and of itself would be bordering on neglectful.
It's unfortunate that however it may have happened, the boys involved ended up with minor injuries, but had their parents done a better job of teaching them respect and human decency, this situation could have been avoided altogether. As for the Sardonis, I hope the evidence comes out in their favor, and that they find a way to help their little girl through this bullying ordeal.
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