Success! Charges Dropped for Mom Who Tried to Record Bullying

Sarah Sims feels like she can breathe again. The Virginia mother just saw her felony charges dropped for putting a recording device in her daughter’s backpack to catch a bully.

“This boulder I’ve had on my chest for weeks was just alleviated. I slept pretty good for a solid three hours,” Sims told WAVY. “It’s been hell to be honest with you. It has been tumultuous and exhausting to say the least.”

This result was exactly what 15,000 activists who signed this Care2 petition wanted.

Sims was charged with a felony of wiretapping with a maximum of five years in prison, plus a misdemeanor of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

“These laws are meant to stop dangerous and ill-intentioned criminals, not mothers who are trying to help their daughters,” writes petition author Julie M. “Depriving a family of their mother for 5 yearsas well as tacking on gross amounts of legal fees and a lifelong criminal record involving a felonyis far more nefarious than recording a few schoolchildren.”

Plus, Julie adds, nonviolent crime is already over-criminalized enough. The school should’ve discussed the issue with Sims, instead of pursuing charges.

Sims said she repeatedly tried to bring her concerns to the school that her 9-year-old was getting bullied. She didn’t get a response, though.

One in four students says they’ve gotten bullied. Hopefully, Sims’ dropped charges make room for the school to confront the real problem: bullying.

Stan Davis of Stop Bullying Now has some good tips for where to start.

And if you want to make a difference on an issue you care about, you too can create a Care2 petitionand use this handy guide to get started. You’ll find Care2’s vibrant community of activists ready to step up and help you.

 

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80 comments

Jerome S
Jerome S17 days ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S17 days ago

thanks

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven17 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven17 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. Dutkaabout a month ago

Two questions...Why wasn't the school held responsible???!!! And, wasn't the school bullying the Mom for trying to help her daughter???!!!

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Marija M
Marija Mabout a month ago

I agree with Bill`s comment.

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Karen H
Karen Habout a month ago

How sad. Daughter was being bullied and school did nothing. Mom put a recording device in her daughter's backpack. School bullied the mom by pressing felony charges. School isn't doing a damn thing about the bullying.

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christine s
christine sabout a month ago

Any loving mother would surely do anything to help her daughter.

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Lesa DiIorio
Lesa Dabout a month ago

this is such a HEARTENING VICTORY!!! especially in the wake of 10 year old Ashawnty Davis' suicide after bullying...

thank you, Emily...

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Resa G
Resa Gabout a month ago

YAY!!!

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