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Mom assaults alleged bullies

A New Jersey mother may have made matters worse when she took it upon herself to assault the boys she believed were involved in harassing her daughter. A Toms River woman was charged with hitting boys she said were bullying her daughter on the school bus. She and the daughter's grandmother are alleged to have cursed and slapped two boys on a school bus headed to East Dover Elementary School. The mother was charged with simple assault, criminal trespass and making terroristic threats. The grandmother was charged with criminal trespass.

Both women deny touching or hitting the boys. They were released o n summonses after being charged.

The mother of the nine-year old says that she took matters into her own hands and boarded the bus with her mother after school officials ignored her complaints about her daughter being bullied by four students on the bus. She says now that her daughter will not be riding the bus anymore, and that she is considering finding another school for her daughter to attend.

The parents of the boys have said that that their sons sustained injuries in the alleged attack. One boy was taken to a local hospital because of a neck injury. Another parent said that his stepson had a cut on his lip after the mother allegedly slammed his head into the bus window.

Several of the students on the bus reported that the mother shouted and slapped the boys while the grandmother yelled at them. The mother denies this, saying that her mother was standing in the front near the driver during the incident. She said that she never put her hands on her own children, and would certainly never physically attack another person's child.

The school district has said that it was never given a chance to address the problem. The mother called at the end of the school day on Thursday, and the bus incident occurred the following morning.

Source: Toms River News, "Mom Who Attacked Boy on School Bus hit Wrong Kid, According to District, Police," Oct. 24, 2012.

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