Deputies: Parent started fight with student at bus stop

Published On: Sep 19 2012 02:05:16 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 20 2012 11:26:35 AM EDT

A mom accused of attacking a teenager at a bus stop says she doesn't regret standing up for her son. The alleged bully and his family says the mom was out of line.


Flagler County deputies have arrested a Bunnell mom after they say she started a fight with a high school student at a bus stop on Wednesday.

Felecia Phillips, 35, went to the bus stop at County Road 13 and Railroad Street at 7 a.m. and confronted a 17-year-old Flagler Palm Coast High School student about a fight the student had the previous day with her son, according to deputies.

Deputies said Phillips started to argue with the student and pushed him in the face. The teen then slammed Phillips to the ground as the bus arrived, according to the report.

Phillips then chased the teen onto the bus where she grabbed his hair, as other students tried to pull the teenager on the bus, deputies said. The bus driver told Phillips she was trespassing and had to get off the bus, according to deputies.

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Phillips said her son had been bullied by kids in the neighborhood for years and she decided to take matters into her own hands.

"He called me a (expletive), and I did push him in his face. I just want you to leave my son alone," Phillips said. "He's not that type of kid to go around messing with other kids. You guys are walking around all day, drinking, smoking, breaking into people's houses, stealing cars and everything. My son is trying to get an education. Leave him alone."

Phillips said she didn't regret attacking the teen because she was acting for her son.

"I don't want anybody picking on him, and messing with him. Leave my son alone," Phillips said. "He's not looking for trouble. I don't even raise my kids that way. He's not messing him, why are you messing with him? So no, I don't regret it."

Phillips was arrested at around 10 a.m. on child abuse charges and trespassing on school property. She has been booked into the Flagler County Inmate Facility on $2,500 bond.

Deputies were called back to Phillips' house at around 6 p.m. Wednesday because she said the same boy threatened her son again.

It's not clear if the teen will face any charges, but deputies said he was acting in self-defense when he slammed Phillips to the ground.


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