Mother says confrontation with Sanford students was to protect daughter

Cretia Hanson arrested on charges of disrupting school function

Cretia Hanson.
Cretia Hanson.

SANFORD, Fla. – A 43-year-old woman was arrested in Sanford on suspicion of frightening students while yelling profanities over allegations that her daughter was being bullied.

Cretia Hanson, of Sanford, was arrested Wednesday on charges of disturbing a school function.

According to Sanford police, Hanson went to Pine Crest Elementary School in Sanford Wednesday and began yelling at the principal, who asked Hanson to step into her office. Hanson, however, said she wanted everyone to hear and used profanity as she continued yelling, police said.

The principal told police Hanson had walked to her daughter's classroom and started yelling at students about the alleged bullying, according to Sanford police.

Hanson also yelled at her daughter's teacher, according to the report.

Hanson told Local 6 she did not use profanity, but stands by her lecture to the students and staff.

She said she took matters into her own hands after bullying issues that, in her eyes, kept getting swept under the rug at the school. She said for the past year, her second-grader has been taunted, harassed and hit by other students and nothing has been done about it.

"It's absolutely escalated into an absolute nightmare. Every day she wakes up crying and every night she's crying when she goes to bed," Hanson said about her 8-year-old daughter.

Hanson said that despite repeated phone calls and several attempts with school officials, nothing has changed.

"So, I took it upon myself as a parent of my daughter to say what I felt I needed to say to these children for the safety of my daughter," she said.

The report states Hanson stormed into the classroom, but Hanson said, "My head was peered in the door, just like that. I said, 'Good morning, children. I would really appreciate it if everybody would keep their hands to themselves and do not continue to bully my daughter," she told Local 6.

Hanson left the school and was later arrested at her home.

"I would absolutely, 110 percent do it again to protect my daughter, and if I had to do the job of a teacher and a principal again, I absolutely would without a doubt," she said.

A Seminole County School District representative told Local 6 he was aware of the arrest but not the bullying issues. Hansen said she had only contacted the school. The representative said he plans to inquire with the school to find out more information about the alleged issues. He added that they take all bullying allegations seriously and investigate all reported complaints.