Visitor Question

Can I file charges for my daughter being assaulted?

Submitted By: Wendy (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)

My daughter is being assaulted after she gets off the bus and is walking home. It is one girl and she has spit, verbally abused, and is now physically hitting her with objects and hands. The mother is refusing to step in and is now encouraging other kids to do the same hitting my daughter and others, screaming it’s okay because she isn’t black enough.

This woman is purposely egging kids to target my daughter because of her mixed race. I am done playing games and want to file assault charges as well as assault based on hate crimes for this mother and her daughter. Is that even possible? Can I have her charged for these crimes? Thank you for any information you can provide.

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Dear Wendy,

Immediately contact the Hattiesburg Police Department and report the ongoing assaults. You can call 911 or contact the Department directly. Explain how your daughter has been repeatedly assaulted. Be sure you have the names of those who assaulted her. Ask them to investigate the ongoing criminal activity.

You can go directly to the Hattiesburg Police Department, or call them here:

Hattiesburg Police Department
300 Klondyke St.
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Telephone (601) 544-7900

After contacting the police, contact the bus company. The bus driver should have been aware of the ongoing assaults. However, if the bus you refer to is a school bus, contact the Hattiesburg School District and report the assaults.

The Hattiesburg School District contact information is:

301 Mamie Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Mailing address:
P. O. Box 1569
Hattiesburg, MS 39401-1569

Telephone 601-582-5078

Until such time as the assaults stop, find another way to transport your daughter to and from school. You have a responsibility to mitigate any potential injury you daughter might receive now that you know about the assaultive behavior.

Learn more here: Felony Assault & Battery Claims

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney.

Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call 888-972-0892.

We wish you the best with your claim,


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