Mom Arrested for Alleged Fight With 11-Year-Old Student on School Bus

An Alabama mom is facing criminal charges after she allegedly boarded a school bus and assaulted an 11-year-old student.

Nannatt Waldrop, 37, of Center Point, Alabama, is charged with third-degree assault, trespassing on a school bus, and disorderly conduct stemming from a September 14 incident, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Waldrop is accused of boarding a Jefferson County Schools bus around 7:18 a.m. local time and fighting the child, al.com reported. Deputies arrived at the scene, arrested Waldrop, and booked her into the county jail just over an hour later.

The mother was released at 11:35 a.m. after posting bonds totaling $10,500.

Sgt. Joni Money said Waldrop allegedly confronted the 11-year-old student because she suspected them of bullying her child.

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An Alabama mother was arrested for allegedly fighting an 11-year-old on suspicion they were bullying her child. Above, a school bus is seen at a safety event for children at Trailside Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia. Paul J. Richards/Getty

Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Walter Gonsoulin issued a statement after a video of the incident began circulating on social media.

"We are aware of the video circulating on social media of a fight that occurred on one of our school buses Tuesday morning. I want to be very clear: This type of behavior is unacceptable and it will not be tolerated," Gonsoulin said.

Gonsoulin added that the district was reviewing the specifics that led to the situation, but noted that adults who are not school employees are not allowed on school buses.

"We reported the adult individual who boarded the bus to authorities, and she has since been arrested and is facing criminal charges. While this is now a law enforcement matter, let me just say what I saw on that video deeply disturbs me. At no point is any type of violence acceptable, especially violence against students. We have been and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement," he concluded.

Parents on social media responding to reports from local Alabama news stations, WVTM 13 News and WBRC FOX6 News, online had mixed reactions to Waldrop's alleged attempts to stop bullying.

Some praised the mother for defending her child, with Facebook user Rebecca Leigh Murray saying, "#worthit as a mom I totally understand." Another user, Michelle Henderson, commented that she's "glad this child has a Mom who loves them and is willing to stand up for them."

"God forbid someone being a parent," said Facebook user J Elizabeth Brown.

"Mama don't cry...you stood up for your baby when the bus driver..school didn't. Sometimes we haft to show the school we mean business and are tired of our baby's being bullied," Facebook user Margaret Mosley commented in reference to Waldrop's tear-stained mugshot.

Other users weren't supportive of the mother and said that she was totally wrong.

"Stupid way to get bullying to stop...She should have taken it to the school and the parents..." wrote Facebook user Sandra McClain Vetra. User Wendy Jay Haygens similarly asked if the woman had contacted the school ahead of the alleged incident.