Florida woman arrested for throwing cayenne pepper powder into the eyes of her daughter's bullies, aged 8 and 11
46-year-old Simmone James was arrested on October 1 after the attack and has been charged with two counts of child abuse, battery, and disruption of school functions
A woman in Florida, who claims her daughter was bullied by two girls aged 8 and 11, was arrested for reportedly throwing a homemade mix of cayenne pepper powder and salt onto the girls' faces, reports Daily Mail. After the attack, 46-year-old Simmone James was taken into custody on October 1 and was charged with two counts of child abuse, battery, and disruption of school functions. The alleged bullies (two girls) were left screaming in pain and clutching their eyes after the incident.
James later told the Cocoa Police that the children she had "seasoned" tormented her daughter in the school for about three months and this led her to do what she believed she had to do at that time as she walked her child to school one day.
Melinda Ford, the school nurse, made the two girls flush out their eyes with water and also rinse their faces. According to the Cocoa Police, the girls were then taken to the local hospital as an added precaution. Space Coast Daily reported that the two girls had said that James threw some sort of powder into their eyes.
Dr. Wendy Smith James, the school's principal, said that the mother went into the school's office and said: "Take care of these kids. They did it again," before she walked out of there. Her husband, Larry Barkley said that the two bullies had beaten up their daughter and had even gone to the family home and thrown rocks at the windows. He has also said that the bullying had become so terrible that their child does not even eat or sleep.
He said: "My daughter is scared to death. My wife has to walk her to school. I just don't think it's fair. Yvonne Martinez from the Cocoa Police Department said: "Any mom is going to defend her child. But this is not the way to do it. You don't resort to violence."
Barkley has said that the family repeatedly alerted the school and the authorities about the two bullies but that did not seem to stop their behavior one bit. James appeared in court on October 2 and her bond was set at $11,500.