Deaf Student Bullied By Students; Mother Charged With Assault
Tennessee mother Christa Green has been charged with assault and burglary for confronting students on a school bus who were bullying her 18-year-son, Tavis Green, who is deaf. Last Thursday, Christa Green received a call from Tavis, telling her that he had been punched in the face while on the bus. Her reaction was just what any mother’s would be, to hurry to his side; Tavis was born deaf and has been bullied all of his life. Green got on the bus and confronted two teenagers — and ended up being charged with 13 counts of assault and one count of burglary.
WRCBTV gives this report:
School bus driver Stanley Cookston admits seeing Tavis get hit but tried to stop Green when she boarded the bus. “When she got up there I put my hands out and that’s when he screamed, ‘Don’t be touching my mama!’” explained Cookston.
Tavis was also charged with assault but Green said she has bruises to prove Cookston also put his hands on her….
“Tavis has never laid his hands on anyone, punched anyone in the face, never,” said Green.
[Superintendent] Dr. [Mark] Griffith tells Channel 3, the District Attorney’s office charged Green with 13 counts of assault, because there were 12 students and one driver on the bus. However; she didn’t touch anyone.
The DA’s office tells Channel 3 a person can be charged with burglary if they enter a vehicle with the intent to commit assault, even if they don’t touch anyone.
Green is to appear in court on Wednesday.
I don’t know all the details about Green’s case or what happened to Tavis Green on that school bus last Thursday. But as the mother of a child with disabilities, I’m always and ever at the ready to rise to his defense. Christa Green says that Tavis has been repeatedly told he is “deaf and dumb” and picked on for being different. As the most recent incident does not seem to be the first, it seems that the school district could make more efforts to address what, says Superintendent Griffith, is it’s “number one priority,” safety — and also to start teaching some much-needed lessons about acceptance and respectful behavior towards those who are different.
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