Bullying at School: What Would You Do as a Parent?

How far would you go to find out if your child was being bullied in school? Did this mom go too far or did the school act inappropriately in calling in the police?

When your child is the victim of bullying at school.

Sarah Sims’ fourth grade daughter complained to her mom that she was being bullied at her Norfolk Virginia public school. Sims says that after hearing her daughter’s allegations, she reached out to school officials but received no response. That’s when she decided to take the matter into her own hands by sending her daughter to school with a digital audio recorder in her backpack. She hoped to hear a recording of her daughter’s day at school which would corroborate her daughter’s story.

Teachers found the device, confiscated it and apparently called the police. Norfolk police have now charged Sims with a felony (intercepting wire, electronic or oral communications) and a misdemeanor (contributing to the delinquency of a minor). Neither the school nor the Norfolk police have commented on the case.

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Sarah Sim’s says that at first she tried to encourage her daughter. She wanted to be fair and not, “just side with my child.”  But, she felt she was, “letting her (daughter) down by not believing her,” so she sent in the recording device.

Her nine-year-old daughter is currently still enrolled in the same school but is in a different class and a court date for the mom has been set for mid-January. She faces up to five years in jail if convicted of the felony


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About Helene Wingens

Helene Wingens has always been passionate about painting pictures with words. She has been writing and editing since the beginning of time. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in psychology and three years later from Boston University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. In a year long clerkship for an appellate judge Helene honed her writing skills by drafting weekly appellate memoranda. She practiced law until she practically perfected it and after taking a brief twenty year hiatus to raise her three children she began writing a personal blog Her essays have been published in: Scary Mommy, BonBonBreak, Kveller, Better After 50, The Forward, Club Mid, and Grown and Flown where she is a Contributing Editor. You can visit Helene's website here

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