Jamie Rathburn South Carolina mother arrested after barging into her son’s third grade classroom where she confronted students over claims of bullying.
A South Carolina mother has been arrested after confronting her son’s bullies during class last month.
Jamie Louise Rathburn’s ‘special surprise school visit’ follows the mother posting a since-deleted video of herself ranting to the third-graders at Greenbrier Elementary School, the Greenville News reported.
In the video, Jamie Rathburn, 34, a class mom volunteer is heard saying, ‘I couldn’t get the message across any other way.’
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The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said the mom went to her son’s class May 17 during the morning school drop-off. The mother according to a police report entered school grounds ‘without permission or authorization.’
Kids you know where this is going ….
Surveillance video showed her approach the class and threateningly ‘lift her finger in a pointing manner and circle around as if making sure all the kids heard her and were listening,’ authorities said.
Yes kids- school is finally in session and today’s special fun teacher is ‘Mrs Rathburn Ready When You Are.’
During Rathburn’s ‘special session’, the class mom is alleged to have yelled about ‘not knowing who was bullying her son but that she was going to find them and their moms.’
Rathburn has since apologized for ‘allowing emotions to control’ her behavior – while also now finding herself being banned from school grounds following her arrest three days after the ‘outburst’.
‘I can’t go eat lunch with my children,’ Rathburn lamented. ‘I can’t watch them on field day. As class mom, that’s devastating.’
The mom said she had reached a breaking point over what she felt was an inadequate response from the school faculty to her multiple complaints.
‘I’m frustrated with the children’s actions, but at the end of the day I’m angry with the adults involved in this situation, because we are the ones with the power to stop this,’ Rathburn told the Greenville News.
Matters only continued to devolve when administrators came up with a solution that involved separating Rathburn’s son during recess so they could better watch over the child.
It was unclear whether her son’s bullies were ever punished- with the school refusing to provide the mother with documentation of her son’s situation, citing privacy concerns since the reports may involve other students, according to Rathburn.
‘I am absolutely ashamed of myself for the actions of walking up into that school,’ Rathburn told 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.’
Of note, the mother also posted the following message in part on Facebook ‘momma will always be there for yall in whatever capacity I need to be! Mountains, wildfires, and wars couldn’t stop me from getting to you!! I’ll always fight your battles, I’ll always protect you, I’ll always help you grow to be the amazing people your already starting to be!! I’ll always push you harder than anyone else because I know your greatness has to be shared with this world!’
Greenville County school officials have to date declined to publicly comment on the case with the class mom booked on charges of interfering, disrupting or disturbing schools.
Rathburn has been released on $1,000 bond with the class mom’s next court date set for June 18 – where a new class session will play out….
If convicted, Rathburn could face a fine up to $2,000 and up to a year in jail.
Rathburn has since revealed her intention to homeschool her two children.