By Rande Iaboni, CNN
(CNN) - Toms River, New Jersey police charged a mother with simple assault, criminal trespassing, and terroristic threats after an altercation with two boys on a public school bus. Rebecca Sardoni, 28, claims the boys had bullied her daughter, according to reports from the Toms River Regional School District.
Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy told CNN today that Sardoni boarded the bus Friday morning and, according to witnesses, confronted two boys sitting in the back and slapped them both.
Sardoni claims she was protecting her 9-year-old daughter from school bullies and that three kids in her daughter's class have been harassing her daughter, even assaulting the student sexually.
Director of Communications for the Toms River Regional School District, Tammi Millar confirmed to CNN that Sardoni did report a bullying incident to the principal of East Dover Elementary School on Thursday afternoon. The incident would have been investigated that next day, "but she stepped on to that bus Friday morning" and took matters into her hands, Millar said.
According to Millar, Sardoni stormed the school bus and called out a child's name. After one boy raised his hand, Sardoni slapped him and the boy sitting next to him, Millar said.
She was subsequently arrested by police. Mastronardy told CNN both boys were seen by Toms River Regional nurses. One of the boys was later treated at the Community Medical Center but is now at home.
Mastronardy said that although there were some indications of bullying, there has been some confusion regarding whether the child Sardoni thought was responsible was in fact the person she actually struck. Millar confirmed to CNN today that Sardoni slapped the wrong boy. "When she talks about dealing with the bullies she had the wrong child and that is not her place."
Sardoni denies putting her hands on the boys. "They turned this around like these boys are the victim," Sardoni told CNN affiliate News 12 New Jersey, "My daughter was the victim."
Sardoni is expected to appear in court Monday October 29th. (News 12 New Jersey video)
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