Felecia Phillips, Fla. mom, caught on video fighting with teen on school bus
(CBS) BUNNELL, Fla. - Felecia Phillips, a Fla. mother, was arrested after she allegedly started a fight with a high school student at a bus stop on Wednesday morning. Part of the fight was caught on video.
CBS affiliate WKMG reports that Phillips, 35, went to the bus stop at 7 a.m. and confronted a 17-year-old Flagler Palm Coast High School student about a fight the student had the previous day with her son.
Deputies said she pushed the student in the face and the teen then slammed Phillips to the ground as the bus arrived, according to the report.
Phillips then chased the teen onto the bus where she grabbed his hair, deputies said. The bus driver told Phillips she was trespassing and had to get off the bus, according to deputies.
Phillips was arrested at around 10 a.m. on child abuse charges and trespassing on school property. She was booked at the Flagler County Inmate Facility on $2,500 bond.
The station spoke to Phillips when she left jail. She said her son had been bullied by kids in the neighborhood for years and she decided to take matters into her own hands.
"He called me a (expletive), and I did push him in his face. I just want you to leave my son alone," Phillips said. "He's not that type of kid to go around messing with other kids. My son is trying to get an education. Leave him alone."
Phillips told the station she didn't regret attacking the teen because she was acting for her son.
"I don't want anybody picking on him, and messing with him. Leave my son alone," Phillips said. "He's not looking for trouble. I don't even raise my kids that way. He's not messing him, why are you messing with him? So no, I don't regret it."
Justin Mickens, the teen attacked in the video, and his family said Phillips is out of line. They want the public to know he's not the bully she makes him out to be.
"I don't talk to her son," said Mickens. "If they don't say nothing to me, I won't say nothing to them."
When asked how Phillips' son felt about his mom defending him, Terez Smith, 15, said, "I feel great about it because I know a lot of people wish they had a mom that will have their back."
Deputies were called back to Phillips' house at around 6 p.m. Wednesday because she says Mickens threatened her son again.
It's not clear if the teen will face any charges, but deputies did say he was acting in self-defense when he slammed Phillips to the ground.
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