When Felecia Phillips‘ son, Terec Smith, told her that he was being bullied by an older kid at school, she escorted him to his bus stop at 7 a.m. on Wednesday to confront him.
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CNN reports that, as Phillips and Terec approached the bus stop, she says she overheard the alleged bully talking about her son. They exchanged words outside of the bus and the altercation continued when she followed the 17-year-old on board. A brawn, captured on surveillance camera, soon followed.
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And the mother said she’d do it again, adding that her aggressive behavior doesn’t mean she is a bad person.
“I love kids. I don’t love a disrespectful child and that’s what he is,” referring to the boy who allegedly bullied her son. In the video, she is shown tussling with the teen. Other teens, including her own son, are seen trying to break up the fight.
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Terec isn’t embarrassed that his mom’s confrontation with his alleged bully made national headlines in the least bit.
“I feel great about it because I know a lot of people wish they had a mom that had their back because some parents when you tell them (you’ve been bullied) they just ignore it,” he said.
But the 35-year-old mother didn’t ignore it and neither did local authorities. She was arrested by deputies three hours later on child abuse and trespassing charges. Phillips is fighting the charges, claiming that she wasn’t abusing anyone. What local law enforcement saw as child abuse, she saw as “discipline.”
“That’s what they need,” Phillips said. “A good, old fashion whooping. And we’re not able to do that because we end up in jail on child abuse charges.”
At this point, it has not been confirmed whether or not the alleged bully is guilty of any abuse against Terec.