Mom Sent Son to School With Gun to Ward Off Bullies
Teen suicides in response to humiliating bullying from their peers have been headlining many local news reports, causing parents great concern for their children’s safety at school. The topic of bullying has received so much media attention that many celebrities, and even President Obama, have taped video messages encouraging teenagers across America to be brave and rise above the taunting.
But Connecticut 38 year-old mother Sylvia Mojica’s fear for her son’s life may have put her in the slammer. Mojica reportedly sent her 12 year-old son to school with a knife and a BB gun to apparently ward off school bullies.
The Hartford police have charged her with risking injury to a minor and she is presumed to be in court on Friday, October 29, 2010.
Mojica isn’t the only one facing consequences for her actions. Her son, according to school administrators, could end up suspended or even expelled, but they did reportedly promise to investigate the allegations about him being bullied.
The investigation into the alleged bullying may have come from the fact that the U.S. Department of Education has notified schools about their need to crack down on harassment cases. Specifically, the department warned schools through their newly released guidelines that harassment, bullying and taunting are subject to prosecution because ignoring complaints violated federal anti-discrimination laws.
Parents or teachers who would like more information on anti-bullying campaigns may contact U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Health Resources and Services Administration.
Via CBS News