New Jersey mom denies hitting boy on school bus

October 22, 2012 1:32:40 PM PDT
Police in Toms River say Rachel Sardoni didn't contact the school about her daughter being bullied until Thursday, but by Friday morning, eyewitnesses say Sardoni couldn't wait any longer, she decided to get on the school bus to discipline the two boys herself.

"They turned this around like these boys were the victims. My daughter was the victim," Sardoni said.

Rebecca Sardoni didn't want her face shown, but she does want to tell her side of the story, about what happened on her 9-year old daughter's school bus Friday morning.

"I do want to make it 100 percent clear that I never put my hands on a child," Sardoni said.

Police say Sardoni and her mother, Stephanie Sardoni, boarded the Toms River school bus Friday morning.

Eyewitnesses say the grandma yelled, and that the mother slapped two 9-year-old boys she believed were bullying her daughter, and then yelled vulgar phrases at them.

A woman who says she is Rebecca Sardoni posted on the Asbury Park Press website, "I never hit anyone! Not to mention it wasn't just picking on, she was touched and sexually assaulted on that school bus!"

Police say that's not what the mother told the school Thursday.

"It was being called names, it didn't take the level it needed to be immediately dealt with," said Chief Michael Mastronardy, Toms River Police Department.

Parents Eyewitness News talked to aren't sure who to believe, but some said they can understand how a mother could get so angry when her child was being victimized.

"Those are our kids, if you're going to bully them, we are coming after you, watch out," said Joann Scalone, a grandmother.

But others parents say that by attacking someone else's children, the mother who complained about bullying, became the bully herself.

"I don't even put my hands on my own kid, never mind someone else's kid," said Steve Alena, a parent.

Police say the two boys were treated for cuts on their mouths and one was home from school with a neck injury.

Rebecca Sardoni, 28, of Toms River, and her mother, 51-year-old Stephanie Sardoni, of Beachwood, were arrested Friday and released on summonses. Rebecca Sardoni is charged with simple assault, criminal trespass and making terroristic threats. Stephanie Sardoni is charged with criminal trespass.
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