Leisa Carlile posted a video of her son in a fight at a Cookeville park.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -
A Cookeville mother arrested while trying to break up a fight involving her son posted a video of the altercation on Facebook.
Leisa Carlile said the fight was a result of bullying and she put the video on social media to send a message to parents to protect their children.
“I feel like I was the only parent who tried to step in. I didn't know what my legal rights were to protect my son,” she told News 2.
The incident occurred Tuesday night at Dogwood Park.
The video shows several teenagers punching and kicking a 15-year-old boy. It also shows Carlile pacing back and forth.
She said she did not physically touch any of the attackers because they were juveniles, but she did throw dirt in their faces and used the N-word in anger.
“I think they related to that language a little bit better than the English I was speaking to them originally when the fight was about to start. I told them my son is not going to fight you. He was not going to touch you,” Carlile explained.
She said the boys had been bullying her son for some time and one of the youngsters had taken a phone battery from her 15-year-old son the night before.
Carlile believed the fight was in retaliation of her filing a police report over the stolen battery.
However, the teen’s father, Greg Scott, thinks his ex-wife led to the animosity. He said his son and the teens were playing with no issues prior to her arrival.
“I was called because my son was beat up. I get down here; I’m told my ex-wife has instigated this. She escalated this and put my son in harm's way is exactly what happened. I didn't want it on Facebook,” he stated.
Carlile rejected that accusation, saying, “I think I did everything I thought I could legally do. I have had teachers and people on Facebook commend me. Not all parents have done that when they’re kids have been bullied. People have to step up. One mom can’t defend herself against four bullies alone.”
Cookeville police said the witnesses’ statements were conflicting, so all parties were arrested for disorderly conduct, including Carlile and her son.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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