Calif. Mom May Have Picked the Wrong Bully in Alleged Schoolyard Assault

| by Allison Geller

The Northern California mother who was accused of grabbing her daughter’s bully by the throat on an elementary school playground may have targeted the wrong boy, authorities say.

Delia Garcia-Bratcher, 30, was arrested Saturday for allegedly attacking her daughter’s 12-year-old tormentor on the grounds of Olivet Charter Elementary School, a 320-student campus in Santa Rosa.

The angry mom reportedly marched onto school grounds -- without getting a pass at the office -- and asked her son, who also attends the school, to point out the bully. She then allegedly approached the bully and grabbed him by the throat, according to a group of kids who witnessed the encounter. Sheriff’s officials say they saw the red marks left on boy's neck, which teachers photographed.

In a new twist, Sonoma County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Brown says that there is no evidence linking the alleged bully to Garcia-Bratcher's daughter.

"We are unable to determine if any bullying ever occurred," Brown said. "We don't know if this kid bullied this girl at all. It looks like he did not. We can't find anybody to say that he did."

Meanwhile, Garcia-Bratcher adamantly denies that she took matters literally into her own hands.

"She does not deny confronting the boy and telling him to 'knock it off,' but she absolutely denies touching him," said the woman’s lawyer, Ben Adams.

"I don't know what the DA will charge her with, and if they do, we will absolutely fight it vigorously every step of the way," he added.

Garcia-Bratcher insists that she did enter school without checking in with the office, but did not lay a hand on the child. She claims that she and the boy merely had a brief conversation regarding him calling her daughter a "dirty Indian." She wrote on her Facebook page that the “truth will come out.”

"This is crazy," Garcia-Bratcher told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. "I'm on the news. I feel like a monster."

Garcia-Bratcher was arrested on charges of felony child abuse. She was released after posting $30,000 bail.

Sources: Associated Press, Rosa Press-Democrat