NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Caught on tape – a mother was recently arrested after apparently encouraging her teenage son to fight.
Someone posted video of the fight on YouTube. It shows the fight lasts a few minutes and you can hear Quanesha Mullins tell her son where to hit another teen.
Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office arrested Mullins after the video was brought to the department's attention. She was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and child abuse.
Mullins knows what she did was wrong, but said her actions stemmed from months of her son being bullied at school, on the bus and in her neighborhood.
"I don't advocate child violence - but it was to the point that my child needed me and I had to do what I had to do," explained Mullins. "In hindsight, I know it was wrong. But I just feel like if he defends himself, maybe they will stop targeting him."
Mullins said her son has been bullied since early December with most of the incidents happening on the school bus. The mother claimed she reported the problem to school officials but didn't get much help.
"I bent over backwards to make sure my son was safe," said Mullins. "I don't raise him to be aggressive and fight, but I do raise him to stand up for himself."
Mullins said her son just couldn't take the bullying anymore and that's when the fight started at the school bus stop off North 30th Street. She regrets that this incident happened and is trying to work with the school to stop the bullying.
Officials with the Child Advocacy and Parenting Place Exchange Club Center, a group that works to prevent child abuse and neglect through education and mentoring, said Mullins has taken classes at the center in the past.
Officials with the organization said Mullins' work at the center led to her involvement with the Creekwood Leadership Group and that she "made the wrong choice" when it came to the fight involving her son. Officials said the group is supporting her efforts to get school officials involved to prevent her son from being bullied.
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