A mother from South Carolina says she was arrested for scolding her son’s bullies after she received little to no help from the school with the situation.Jamie Rathburn told reporters at CNN that her young son had been physically and verbally bullied all year at Greenbrier Elementary School and despite emailing with and speaking to school administrators and her son’s teacher, his situation became progressively worse.Rathburn told reporters that the last straw for her was when administrators told her that they were isolating her son from the other children for his own protection and that they now had a teacher follow him everywhere he went.That’s when she marched into the school and confronted the children:“I walked right in that school [and] told those children that bullying wasn’t okay,” she told CNN. “If they wanted to continue then I needed to talk to their mommas because the school wasn’t doing anything.”While the district communications director Elizabeth Brotherton told reporters that there were several reports of bullying filed with the school, if the mother was still unhappy with the way things were being handled, she should have spoken another adult in charge at the school:“The appropriate reaction to unhappiness with a school response is to have a conversation with the adults in charge,” district communications director Elizabeth Brotherton told CNN in an email. “Ms. Rathburn did not enter the school and confront a specific bully or bullies, she yelled at and threatened dozens of eight and nine-year-old boys and girls because she didn’t know who she was looking for.”In addition to that, the report detailed that Rathburn cursed out the teacher and a school administrator.Rathburn says she does regret breaking the law, however, she does not regret standing up for her child.“I don’t regret standing up for my child one bit,” she says. “I regret the way I did it.”Authorities say they became aware of the incident via a Facebook video that Rathburn posted to her account but later deleted. She was arrested four days after the incident for non-student interfering, disrupting or disturbing schools.If found guilty she could be jailed up to a year or face up to a $2,000 fine.
While the UW women’s hockey team’s home matchup with North Dakota this weekend won’t have as much national attention or as many postseason implications as last weekend’s with Minnesota, it will be important nonetheless.Wisconsin (7-0-1, 5-0-1 Big Ten) split last weekend with a win and a draw, ending its 19 game win streak, and dropping the team into a tie for the top spot with New Hampshire in the national rankings. The second game of the series, a 3-3 tie, was especially disappointing for the Badgers, as they let a two-goal lead slip through their fingers in the final minute of play and were left with a sour taste in their mouths. This week though, the team has rebounded, working hard to ensure the late-game letdown against Minnesota won’t happen again.”I think we’re responding really positively,” said captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar of the team’s reaction in the aftermath of Sunday’s tie. “I think our practices have been good, we’ve looked like we’ve been up tempo, and we’ll be ready to go this weekend.””We had a very good practice yesterday, and today was pretty good,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “We’re just getting better as a team.”Though there isn’t as much time as usual between games this week — Wisconsin will play Friday afternoon after last playing Sunday — Johnson understands that might not be a bad thing as it gives the Badgers a quick opportunity to get back out on the ice.”It’s nice to have a short turnaround, because you don’t have to think about [the tie] very much,” Johnson said. “We get right back into our next game.”North Dakota (2-4-0, 0-4-0) comes into the series in a bit of a slump as the Fighting Sioux have lost their last four games and have failed to score in any of them, having been outscored by a whopping 19-0. The Sioux are a young team with just two seniors and only one junior, and inexperience has hampered them early on in the season.Yet, the Badgers won’t be taking them lightly.”I get more nervous about these games than I do when we play Minnesota,” Johnson said. “As coaches we have to make sure these kids are prepared and play up to their potential.”Johnson and his coaching staff must have been effective getting that point across as Slusar agrees the team must come out hard against the undermatched Sioux.”You can’t take [North Dakota] lightly, they’re going to come out and be a good team. They’re going to fight the whole way,” Slusar said. “They have nothing to lose, and we have a lot to lose. Games like [this weekend’s] are just as important as last weekend, we have to go out and play 60 minutes.”North Dakota, who is a mere 1-33 on the power play this year and averages just 19.7 shots per game, hasn’t been very successful against Wisconsin historically. Last season, the Sioux lost all six of their games against the Badgers, and the team has never beaten the Badgers, losing all 10 of the teams’ meetings. Despite those numbers, Johnson recognizes that on any given day an upset may occur.”It doesn’t matter who you’re playing or where you’re playing, you just have to come out and compete every night,” Johnson said. “You’ll see upsets because one team took someone lightly, but we don’t take anyone lightly.”Wisconsin opened the season against a lightly regarded Quinnipiac team and had little difficulty dismantling them. Over the course of the season, the Badgers have faced teams of different levels of play, and, with the exception of Sunday’s tie against one of their toughest opponents, the Badgers have emerged victorious every time.”We’ve been able to establish consistency over the season,” Johnson. “I anticipate us coming and playing quite well Friday afternoon.”
Throw-in on Saturday is at 5 o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage. The Tipp School will be looking to win the Dr. Croke Cup for only the second time in their history when they come up against a side that are determined to retain the coveted trophy. This year’s Harty Cup champions last won the national competition in 2009 and Thurles CBS will be hoping to finish off their already successful season with a flourish. Niall Cahill is part of the Thurles CBS management team and he says the Kilkenny side will be a tough team to breakdown.