Middle school bullies made life a living hell for sixth grader Chatari Jones by taunting her, verbally abusing her with sexually explicit language, and even hitting her. When she finally told her parents what she had been going through, her father, James Willie Jones, went on board the school bus where most of the incidents had been taking place and confronted the bullies. Jones maintains he intended to only speak to the school bus driver, but wound up tearing into the students with a verbal tirade. The video of the altercation made national headlines, and Jones was arrested for two misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and disturbing a school function.
Now, I know that two wrongs don’t make a right James Willie Jones, even if his intentions were honorable, should not have boarded a school bus screaming profanities at sixth graders. Chatari Jones probably didn’t learn a lesson of tolerance and “turning the other cheek” by watching her father threaten her classmates. The best way to rectify the situation probably would have been for Mr. and Mrs. Jones to have spoken to the school principal and asked for an investigation (which hopefully would have answered the burning question of “where the hell was the bus driving while Chatari was being harassed?”).
However, being well aware of how the situation should have been handled, I have to admit that if Chatari was my daughter, I would have handled the situation the same way as Mr. Jones.
Check out the video of James Willie Jones on the school bus, and then the video of Mr. Jones and Chatari being interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today show.