Simply Outrageous

A mother from Norfolk, VA has been charged with the use of a device to intercept oral communications, which is a felony. She is also charged with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The charges are, to put it mildly, ridiculous.

Sarah Sims told WAVY-TV that she tried multiple times to contact administrators at Ocean View Elementary School about the bullying her 9-year-old daughter was experiencing. When she got no response, she took the matter into her own hands.

Sims said she put a recorder in her daughter’s bag with the hope that it would capture audio of what her daughter was dealing with in the classroom. The recorder was discovered by school staff. The girl was moved to a new classroom and, about a month after the incident, Sims was charged by police.

“I was mortified,” Sims said.  “The next thing I know I’m a felon.  Felony charges and a misdemeanor when I’m trying to look out for my kid.  What do you do?”

That’s how a school handles a bullying situation?

That’s how a school deals with a concerned mother of one of its students?

This is the best use of police and prosecutors’ time?

I’m hoping when this case is resolved in Sim’s favor, that it will be a textbook case of how NOT to do things.

I wish Sarah Sims, and her daughter, the best.

The only crime committed here is a lack of common sense.

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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