Witnesses say that the mother held the boy down. However, the mother claims she did nothing wrong and only broke up the fight between them.
Trigger warning: The story contains details of physical assault that might be distressing to some readers.
"I doubt she will receive a mother of the year award," claimed a police officer after a woman was arrested for allegedly being involved in a fight between her son and another schoolboy. The mother, Ashley Ruffin, 30, is currently accused of having helped her son as well as his friend in beating up the child, according to New York Post.
On Wednesday, September 8, 2021, the boy was reportedly sitting with his friends outside the sports complex at Indian Trails Middle School in Palm Coast, Florida. At some point, Ashley's son and another friend approached them and allegedly began attacking the boy, after which his friends ran over to break up the fight.
During the altercation, it is also alleged that Ashley restrained the boy and allowed her son to beat him up. \Ashley "exited her vehicle and grabbed" the boy "by the hair and arm while the two juveniles continued to beat him," said a statement released by the Flagler County Sheriff's Office on Facebook.
The police department revealed that it was the parent of the boy, allegedly beaten up, who went to the police and reported the incident.
"Other juvenile witnesses confirmed the victim was jumped by the suspected juveniles," the statement added. "All the witnesses also stated that an adult female grabbed the victim and allowed the other boys to continue to hit him. She also displayed a Taser during the altercation. The female was identified as Ashley Ruffin. Ruffin was arrested and transported to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. She’s being charged with Battery and Child Abuse."
After the incident came to light, Ashley defended herself in a Facebook Live video and claimed that she did nothing wrong and would never harm a child.
According to Ashley's version of the story, her son was the one being bullied in school and was beaten up by the other boy on a previous occasion.
Ashley's husband, Miguel Aviila, posted a video on social media that showed the other boy punching their son while he was on the ground. According to the Daily Mail, the police department only found out about this video after Miguel posted it online.
When the next scuffle between the boys took place at the sports complex, Ashley claimed that she only did what she could to break up the fight and take her son home.
"I’m in so much pain because I would never hurt a child and I had to spend a night in jail undeservedly..." she was quoted saying. "...I grabbed him by his backpack to pull him off and everybody just thinks that I’m some superwoman, like, these kids are big, the kid’s taller than me, I’m only 5’3”, and I’m pulling him off."
At the moment, Ashley faces battery and child abuse charges.
"There is zero excuse for an adult, especially a parent, to be physically involved in a juvenile dispute," said Sheriff Rick Staly, as per the statement from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office on Facebook. “Kids need to have leadership from their parents and taught how to handle disputes properly. I doubt she will receive a mother of the year award."
Cover image source: Flagler County Sheriff's Office/Facebook