*Police have charged a Virginia mom for putting a recording device in her daughter’s backpack to catch alleged bullying.
Sarah Sims admitted to local news website WAVY that she placed the electronic recorder in her nine-year-old daughter’s bag to record classroom conversations after suspecting she was being bullied. But the school district had banned recording devices in elementary schools.
She says officials at Ocean View Elementary school in Norfolk had ignored her previous emails and calls about the alleged bullying in September, so she decided to take matters into her own hands.
The recorder was discovered and Sims was later charged with the use of a device to intercept oral communication, which carries a maximum five-year prison sentence, and a misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
“I tried to be fair, but it’s not fair,” she told WAVY. “There is nothing fair about this. The thing that bothers me the most is that I am yet to get a response from anyone in the administration. If I’m not getting an answer from you what am I left to do?”
Sims said she was “mortified” after being charged by police, adding: “The next thing I know I’m a felon. Felony charges and a misdemeanor when I’m trying to look out for my kid.”
Sims is due in court for a preliminary hearing on January 18.