Jamie Rathburn

This booking photo shows Jamie Rathburn.

(Meredith) - A South Carolina woman was arrested after she entered her son's elementary school without permission and yelled at a group of children, according to authorities.

The woman, identified as Jamie Rathburn, said she was upset over the alleged bullying of her third-grade son, WHNS reported.

Greenville County deputies said Rathburn admitted to sneaking into Greenbier Elementary School on May 17 and confronting kids estimated to be about 9 years old. 

According to an arrest warrant, the mom approached the kids who were seated in a hallway and began yelling at them while pointing her finger in a "threatening manner." She is also accused of using profanity inside the school, directed at a teacher.

Greenbrier Elementary

In a video posted to Facebook, the mother said she didn't know which boy she was looking for but wanted to let the children know "she was not playing around and that they better stop messing with her kid," according to the warrant. 

Rathburn was later charged with non-student interfering, disrupting, or disturbing schools. She was released on $1,000 bond and her next court date is set for June 18.

The mom said she's ashamed for storming the school and owes the parents, children and staff an apology. She said it was "wrong," but she didn't know any other way to get her point across. 

Greenville County Schools also released a statement, saying Rathburn did not take all of the appropriate steps to resolve the matter before confronting the students.

Read the district's full statement below:

"Greenville County Schools administrators and Greenbrier Elementary met with Ms. Rathburn regarding her concerns about her son's treatment at school. The school principal and the classroom teacher were taking active steps to protect the child and remedy any inappropriate behavior from his peers. Prior to her illegally entering the school building, yelling at a large group of small children and cursing at employees, Ms. Rathburn was receiving regular updates from the teacher about her son’s interactions with classmates. The teacher offered suggestions to the parent and kept a close eye on her child and those accused of bullying. One of Ms. Rathburn’s frustrations was her inability to learn how the alleged bully was being disciplined. To release this information to her would have been a violation of another family's privacy. The district has a behavior code to address disciplinary issues and that code was followed.

Greenville County Schools does not tolerate bullying regardless of age. We have an anonymous hotline to report bullying. Students in grades 3-12 have district issued devices with an app installed on the desktop to report bullying and other concerns. Our district of 76,000 students investigated 185 such reports during the 2018-2019 school year.  Responses to bullying can range from nothing (when the accusation is found to be unfounded) to expulsion. We have mental health counselors and traditional school counselors in all of our schools to assist students with trauma recovery, conflict resolution and character development.

It is our opinion that the appropriate reaction to unhappiness with a school response is to have a conversation with the adults in charge. In this case, that would be the teacher, the principal and other school administrators, or the district administration, and not a hallway filled with eight and nine year-old children. There is also a formal complaint form that can be filed with the school or the district that would launch a broad scale investigation. Ms. Rathburn never filed the complaint form or contacted anyone at the district level prior to taking illegal action.

We should point out that her arrest came after concerned adults watched Ms. Rathburn’s threatening, profanity-laden videos on social media and called law enforcement, not because our employees chose to file charges. She was placed on no trespass with Greenville County Schools after an internal investigation, not because she confronted a school bully, but because of her actions. Ms. Rathburn illegally entered a school (by her own admission), yelled at a group of young students because she didn't know which boy she was looking for, and cursed a school employee.”

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(2) comments

walbanger

Should never have had to come to this point if the school and teachers were doing their job.

326

Mom of the year in my book. Of course there are better ways to handle it, but the schools do next to nothing to stop bullying. I bet something gets done about it at this school... Just saying.

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