Arrest of mom who boards school bus to fight 11-yr-old ‘bully’ gets mixed reaction Arrest of mom who boards school bus to fight 11-yr-old ‘bully’ gets mixed reaction

Arrest of mom who boards school bus to fight 11-yr-old ‘bully’ gets mixed reaction

An Alabama mom was arrested on assault charges Tuesday after she boarded a Jefferson Country school bus and allegedly proceeded to scrap with an 11-year-old that she claimed had been bullying her child. The alleged altercation happened around 7:18 AM in the 1800 block of Martinique Drive in Center Point, about 14 miles northeast of Birmingham. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched to the bus for a report of an assault.

Authorities said that Nannatt Waldrop, 37, was arrested on charges of third-degree assault, trespassing on a school bus and disorderly conduct, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. She was released a few hours after her booking on a $10,500 bond.

Dr. Walter Gonsoulin, Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools, released the following statement obtained by NBCNews:

“We are aware of the video circulating on social media of a fight that occurred on one of our school buses Tuesday morning. I want to be very clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and it will not be tolerated.

While we are reviewing the specifics about what led up to this situation, adults who are not school employees are not allowed on school buses.

We reported the adult individual who boarded the bus to authorities, and she has since been arrested and is facing criminal charges. While this is now a law enforcement matter, let me just say what I saw on that video deeply disturbs me. At no point is any type of violence acceptable, especially violence against students. We have been and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement.”

It’s not clear if Waldrop has obtained an attorney.

Reports of school bullying surface regularly in the news and on social media, though there is no indication that it is any more common than it ever was – it simply gets reported more often because everyone has a phone with a camera and an online voice.

Sometimes, however, the tragedy is unspeakable. In 2016 a 12-year-old boy was left for dead on an elementary school recess field and the grieving father did not believe the school’s explanation of a soccer accident. He believed his son was bullied.

Sometimes the parents are there to correct the situation, especially if their kid is the bully in question. A 2018 story recalls how one father forced his daughter to make the five-mile trek to school, regardless of the weather, after she was kicked off her bus for bullying.

It appears that Nannatt Waldrop was dissatisfied with the school’s apparent lack of involvement in the alleged bullying and did not heed the admonishment that Doug Llewelyn delivered every weekday to the loyal viewership of The People’s Court: She took the law into her own hands.

Here’s a sampling of reactions to the NBC News story on Twitter:


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