Cindy Schwalb says a boy pulled down her 13-year-old daughter's sweatpants
in front of other students at Hasbrouck Heights Middle School.
Schwalb says she went to a school board seminar about bullying and got upset
when her daughter's case wasn't given the attention she felt it deserved.
Schwalb says she became enraged when the district superintendent starting
asking her questions, including one about whether her daughter was wearing a
Superintendent Joseph Luongo says it was a fair question, "I had to find out
what body parts were actually revealed."
She later cursed out school principal Edward Bocar in a hallway.
Schwalb calmed down and apologized and left the building without further
Still, the district filed a complaint against Schwalb. Detective Sgt. Joseph
Rinke, who also sits on the school board, filed the report. School officials
said the meeting wasn't the place for Schwalb to express her concerns.
Schwalb's lawyer Boris Shmaruk of Vlasac & Shmaruk says he is proud of his
"She is a passionate mother who stood up for her daughter. More mothers
should take her as an example. This is no longer a local New Jersey problem.
The problem of bullying and intimidation is a national one that deserves
public awareness,? Shmaruk says.
Schwalb entered a "not guilty" plea in court.