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Skipton mother slapped girl who bullied daughter
The mother of a teenage victim of bullying has been found guilty of slapping one of her daughter’s tormenters.
Skipton magistrates found the 40-year-old woman guilty of assault by beating but gave her a conditional discharge and turned down a claim for compensation after accepting her daughter had been repeatedly bullied by her schoolmates.
Bench chairman Michael Jefferies told the woman on Monday: “We recognise it was a very difficult time for you. Your daughter appears to have been consistently bullied over a period of time, but we do believe your emotions got the better of you.”
He added awarding compensation to her victim would aggravate the situation between the girls and pointed out there had been no discernible injuries.
The court heard that the mother of the 13-year-old girl, who cannot be identified because of her age and who has now moved schools, slapped a girl of a similar age in Morrisons car park at the end of a school day on February 5. Christopher Courtney, who was on his way to do some shopping, told the court how he had stepped in and said both the mother and daughter had used “very vile” language against him.
The father of four said he had acted after hearing a young voice say a lady had just slapped her face and he had taken her away to the safety of the supermarket.
Mr Courtney said the girl had a red mark on her cheek, was in a distressed state and both the mother and daughter continued to hurl abuse at both him and the girl.
The court heard that the woman’s daughter had been bullied for three years, had now moved to a new school and that the family had moved away from Skipton.
On February 5, the girl had argued with another girl during class, for which they had both been sent out, and it had continued as they walked home.
The girl slapped by the woman told the court how she had gone over to the woman and her daughter in the car park because the girl was upset and she wanted to explain why.
But her attempts to explain had been dismissed by the woman who then slapped her.
She said she had been frightened and upset and had not wanted to go to school afterwards.
The woman’s daughter, described in court as “cocky”, but by her own mother as a “very emotional and mixed up little girl” admitted kicking, punching and scratching even though she did not like to fight.
Her mother, who denied assault, said she was fed up after the repeated bullying of her daughter. She accepted she had sworn at the girl and at Mr Courtney, but said she had believed he was going to hit her daughter.
“I was extremely upset that once again my daughter had been assaulted. I had had enough. Mentally I was drained, but I did not slap (the girl), I was not in a rage”, she said.
Magistrates handed the woman a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered her to pay reduced costs of £245 and a victims surcharge of £15.
The woman’s solicitor, Erica Topham, told magistrates she intended to appeal against her conviction.