Virginia's mother Sarah Sims tried to gain proof as people learned how to threaten her daughter. In her daughter's backpack last month Sims sent her a recording device to school.
Sims believed that her nine-year-old daughter was being approached by school authorities, but there was no improvement. He then told herself to research the case, including the teacher he felt she spoke to her daughter inappropriately. After Sims sent her daughter to school, school officials found the device and notified the police of the town's law firm. Authorities have indicted Sims for a felony, illegal oral communications interception and a misdemeanor, which contribute to the crime of a minor.
Sim's lawyer, Kristin Paulding, argued that because of what happened, the charges were unreasonable and not necessary. "I was surprised to see the school want to go to the police department and eventually accuse the mother against sitting down and talking about what were their issues and how the school should mitigate those concerns," Paulding said in a statement.
An investigator for Paulding’s law firm, Thomas Shattuck, feels troubled that a police officer interviewed Sims’ nine-year-old daughter without Sim’s knowledge. Shattuck is also curious about why the school alerted the city’s attorney office immediately. He recognizes the recorder goes against school policy, but remains concerned that the school first listened to the recording and then alerted the attorney’s office. He wants to know what the recording contains, because “if it was just a blank recording, why call the city attorney’s office?”