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Mom Slapped With Felony Charges For Trying To Record Daughter's Bullies

One mom suspected that her daughter was being bullied, and didn't know what to do about it. She approached the school, but didn't get anywhere. She thought she needed proof, so she put a recording device in her daughter's backpack. The device was found, and now the mother is facing serious charges. The mother doesn't understand how things spiraled out of control.

Virginia mom Sarah Sims said her 9-year-old daughter had been dealing with school bullies, but the Ocean View Elementary school in Norfolk wasn't doing anything about it. She'd been calling the school since an incident in September, but her questions and concerns did not get a response. The mother thought she needed to take matters into her own hands.

The little girl had dealt with bullying in a previous school, and the mom recognized the signs. "(My daughter) became very anxious about attending,” Sims told CNN. “I removed her from the school because she was refusing to go. She felt like she wasn’t protected.”

In the new school, Sims thought she had a good way to monitor what was going on with her child during the day. She placed an electronic recording device in her daughter's backpack in hopes that, if there was any bullying going on, it would capture evidence.

When the recorder was discovered, Sims was arrested. As it turns out, it is a felony to use a device to intercept oral communication. In other words, she's been charged with wire-tapping. If convicted, the mother can be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison. She can also be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

“I tried to be fair, but it’s not fair,” Sims said in an interview with 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?” the mom asked.

Sims said she had no idea that she was committing a felony. She just thought she was taking action to try and protect her daughter. “The next thing I know I’m a felon. Felony charges and a misdemeanor when I’m trying to look out for my kid.”

The school refuses to comment on the case during an ongoing investigation. According to the district, however, recording devices are banned in elementary schools.

The single mom, who was just days from achieving a college degree, is worried that her life will be ruined now. She felt her hands were tied and didn't know what to do, but she never expected to be arrested.

Sims' attorney thinks the charges against Sims are weak, and doesn't believe that they will be upheld in court. She's concerned about the repercussion of these charges.

"The community needs to know that this is happening. Because any parent out there that is sending their child to school now could be at risk for something that has happened to Sarah."

At this point, Sims' daughter has been moved to another class, and the mother is due in court in January. So far her legal team has not been given the chance to hear what was recorded on the device.

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