When it comes to childhood bullying, many parents wish to protect their kids from the monsters on the playground.
When California mother Delia Garcia-Bratcher heard that her young daughter was being targeted by a boy at school, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
It's reported that the 30-year-old mother went into the Olivet Elementary School on Friday at about noon. The woman is then alleged to have grabbed a 12-year-old boy around the neck and verbally threatened him over bullying her daughter.
Garcia-Bratcher was arrested and is currently out on a $30,000 bail.
Today police revealed that the angry mom may have went off on the wrong child.
"So far we found no [link] between the kids," Lt. Steve Brown told ABC News.
Mom arrested after police say she grabbed a boy she believed was bullying her young daughter by the neck http://t.co/85LBndznfl
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The officer revealed that an investigation showed that the two youngsters had virtually nothing in common. They didn't ride the same bus, have the same classes, or eat lunch near each other.
"We don’t know if it was the right student or if bullying was even occurring," said Brown. "There is no connection so far."
So a mom barged into a school full of children and violently accosts a child over a series of incidents that might not even have occurred?
Talked w/ mom accused of grabbing throat of 12 y/o boy, who may have bullied daughter. Delia Garcia-Bratcher denies touching him. #KTVU noon
— Alex Savidge (@AlexSavidge) May 19, 2014
Even if Garcia-Bratcher had absolute proof that the boy in question was bullying her child, it wouldn't make her actions any less illegal or problematic. The victim would still be an 12-year-old boy and she would still be a 30-year-old mother.
When you are the adult in a situation involving children, you must act accordingly. Garcia-Bratcher should have contacted school officials, launched a complaint, or taken her daughter out of the school in question. Assaulting a child is rarely the answer and will often result in a great deal of legal troubles, as Garcia-Bratcher is now learning.
Now not only is this mom left in a situation where she could be wrong in every single way, she has landed in seriously hot water following a failure to set a good example for her daughter.
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