Sarah Sims knows her job as a mom is to protect her child.
The single mom from Norfolk, Virginia, claims she repeatedly called and emailed her nine-year-old daughter’s school to complain that she was being bullied.
But after seeing no resolution in the situation, the defiant mom put a recording device in her fourth grader’s backpack.
But now her determination to catch out the school bullies may land her a felony charge.
In September, Sarah sent her daughter to school with a digital recorder in her backpack.
The mom wanted to find out if the teacher was ignoring her daughter’s predicament. But the recorder was found and her child has since been moved to another classroom.
Then about a month later, Sarah was blindsided to be charged with ‘the use of a device to intercept oral communication.’
She was also charged with a ‘misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor’, local television station WAVY-TV reported.
‘I was mortified,’ Sarah told the television station.
‘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?’
Her attorney, Kristin Paulding, said: ‘They aren’t making this about that classroom. There are charges that carry jail time.’
However, she added that she did not think the charges would stand up in court.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 18.