Toms River Adult Reportedly Slaps Bus Bullies – What Would You Do?
On Friday morning, 28 year old Rebecca Sardoni and her mother 51 year old Stephanie Sardoni boarded a bus headed to East Dover Elementary. It is reported that Rebecca slapped the boys who were bullying her 9 year old daughter. The grandmother also took part by yelling at the kids on the bus. It's another case of bullying gone too far, but what should be done and what would you do?
The mother of the daughter is facing charges of assault and the grandmother is also looking at consequences.
The women say they regret boarding the bus, but deny hitting or touching anyone. They told the APP:
They (the boys) weren’t the ones who were suffering; my daughter was. She had to write it on a piece of paper because she was so embarrassed. She was hysterical.
Sardoni claims that she contacted the school about the bullying, but nothing was done. She claims that she boarded the bus on Friday morning to address the matter with the bus driver. Supposedly, a boy named "Vinny" was called by the driver and the mother was given permission to go to the back of the bus.
Toms River police say according to witnesses, Rebecca Sardoni cursed at the fourth grade boys and slapped two of them.
The mother, Rebecca Sardoni was charged with simple assault, criminal trespass and making terroristic threats. The grandmother, Stephanie Sardoni was charged with criminal trespass, a charge for boarding the bus.
Bruce Bradford, a stepfather of one of the boys, said Friday his son had a cut on his lip and was in pain after Sardoni slammed his stepson’s head against a window during the incident.
Police say the boys were treated by nurses from Toms River Regional Schools for cuts to their mouths. One of the boys was later taken to Community Medical Center by his parents for treatment of a neck injury.
Rebecca Sardoni said she intends to meet with a lawyer to file complaints and plans to seek approval from the Board of Education to have her daughter moved to a different school. In the meantime, her daughter will no longer take the bus, Sardoni said.
They’re making us look like bad people and we’re not. This little girl has been through a lot.
As a parent, what do you do in this situation? Should the bus driver be responsible for allowing the women on the bus? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.