Christian Tinsley went full mama bear mode on May 14 when addressing a classroom full of students at Niguel Hills Middle School in Laguna Niguel. Frustrated by her daughter’s ongoing complaints of bullying, she had a simple message that day. “If y’all bully my daughter, if you look at her the wrong way, if you breathe the wrong way, send your moms to me,” said Tinsley. “Sisters, aunts, anybody over 18, I’ll fuck them all up. Do you understand me?”
She held up a ticket from a stack that promised: “Free ass-kicking. Must be 18 or older to redeem.”
Video of the rant went viral, but the Orange County district attorney didn’t find it amusing in charging the 33-year-old Mission Viejo mother with a misdemeanor count of something lengthy called “interference with the good order and administration of a school classroom with the intent to disrupt.”
District Attorney Todd Spitzer, a former Brea Olinda Unified School District trustee, offered a sanctimonious quote on the decision to charge Tinsely.
“Schools should be safe spaces where children can learn and thrive,” he said. “Unfortunately, schools across America have become targets of violence. This incident was way more than an attempt to address accusations of bullying. This was a deliberate act intended to terrorize a room full of young children in the very space where they are supposed to be safe.”
But her daughter reported on the program that boys at school started leaving her alone following the rant. Even still, Spitzer called it an act that “cannot go unpunished.”
The Capistrano Unified School District banned Tinsely from campus and Niguel Hills Middle School upped their security following her unauthorized visit. Now she’s in a bit of legal trouble.
Tinsley is set to be arraigned on November 6 at Harbor Justice Center. If convicted, she faces a maximum of one year in jail.
File this under: When keeping it mama bear goes wrong or as a waste of taxpayer money?
Gabriel San Román is from Anacrime. He’s a journalist, subversive historian and the tallest Mexican in OC. He also once stood falsely accused of writing articles on Turkish politics in exchange for free food from DönerG’s!