As any parent of a child who has been bullied knows, it’s heart-wrenching learning that your child is being taunted and teased.
And it’s downright scary when they’re being threatened and there’s little you can do to protect them. I imagine it’s even more upsetting when your child has special needs.
After his daughter was bullied, one Florida dad took matters into his own hands and was arrested.
It’s clear he took things too far, but given the situation, I can hardly blame him for losing his temper.
James Jones, the father of an 11-year-old Florida girl who has cerebral palsy, stepped onto a school bus yesterday and confronted the middle school students who had allegedly been bullying her, according to ABC News.
Sure, he lost his cool. But wouldn’t you?
The bullies have reportedly been taunting Jones’ daughter, hitting her and even throwing condoms at her.
Not surprisingly, Jones had a hard time controlling his anger and used foul language.
“I’m gonna (expletive) you up.…this is my daughter, and I will kill the (expletive) who fought her,” Jones said, addressing the students and the bus driver. “If anything happens to my daughter I’m going to (expletive) you up and everybody on this (expletive).”
Jones dared the bus driver to call the police, saying his brother is the deputy sheriff. In fact, school officials did call the police, who arrested Jones for disorderly conduct and disrupting a school activity.
After being released on bail, Jones defended his actions, saying, “My daughter is not going to be hazed and beat up and touched on like what they’ve done, ok.”
Jones’ attorney, Sadiki Alexander, said that the father was doing his best to protect his daughter, who has been bullied since the first day of school.
“This is a new school for her. It was an overwhelming experience,” said Alexander. “She’s currently on suicide watch because of this matter. So we would just ask everyone to reserve judgment.”
Police are looking into the allegations against the 7th grade bullies. Let’s hope they get what’s coming to them.
What do you think? Did Jones go too far? Watch the video and decide for yourself.
video: ABC News
photo: flickr/Chesi – Fotos CC / Pimkie