Mom who tried to record bullies at school facing felony charge

Sarah Sims

NORFOLK, Va. - Sarah Sims decided she had enough when her daughter complained about bullies in school.

What she decided to do next has landed the mom in some legal trouble.

According to CNN, Sims didn't feel administrators at Ocean View Elementary School listened to her concerns, so she put an audio recorder in her daughter's backpack.

The idea: to catch bullies harassing her daughter.

But now, the act has left Sims facing a felony charge of intercepting wire, electronic or oral communications.

She's also facing a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

"I was shocked to see that the school would decide to go to the police department and ultimately charge this mother as opposed to sitting her down and having just a simple conversation about what were her concerns and how could the school alleviate those concerns," Sims' attorney told CNN's Don Lemon.

Norfolk Police declined to comment to CNN about the case.

No criminal complaint was available on the charges Sims faced at the time of this post.

The school district referred any questions on the case to police. The district attorney's office had only recently received the case and had yet to investigate.

Sims has since removed her child from the school.

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