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Mother confronts bullies, charged with assault and burglary

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Marion County, TN (WRCB)  --  Going to school for Tavis Green, 18, has become a nightmare for him and his parents. "Telling him he's deaf and dumb," said his mom, Christa Green.   

Tavis was born deaf and has had to grow up in a world that may not completely understand. "The children view him as different, so they pick at him," Green said.  

Green said he's been bullied all his life and has even been beaten up on occasion. She has talked to school administrators in the past but said nothing has ever been done. "You don't know how it affects the children that you're picking on, mentally, physically and emotionally," said Green 

So when she got a call from Tavis on Thursday, stating he had been punched in the face again while on the bus ride home, Green took action. "My immediate reaction was to go get my son," said Green.  

Green said she got on the bus and confronted two teenagers who had been bullying him. She was charged with 13 counts of assault and one count of burglary.

School bus driver Stanley Cookston admits seeing Tavis get hit but tried to stop Green when she boarded the bus. "When she got up there I put my hands out and that's when he screamed, 'Don't be touching my mama!'" explained Cookston.  

Tavis was also charged with assault but Green said she has bruises to prove Cookston also put his hands on her.

 "Our number one priority is safety, second to academics of course," said Supt. Dr. Mark Griffith. He said Green has approached him about past problems with Tavis. 

"We did put some things in place, but like anything else with a very protective parent, you know, and I understand that, I do but there's a process and procedures we must go through in order to protect our children this way," Griffith said.  

"Tavis has never laid his hands on anyone, punched anyone in the face, never," said Green. 

Dr. Griffith tells Channel 3, the District Attorney's office charged Green with 13 counts of assault, because there were 12 students and one driver on the bus. However; she didn't touch anyone.

The DA's office tells Channel 3 a person can be charged with burglary if they enter a vehicle with the intent to commit assault, even if they don't touch anyone.

Green will appear in court Wednesday morning.

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