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Local Women Facing Charges in School Bus Assault Incident, Says Chief

Toms River women charged with assault, criminal trespass and making threats on school bus

A mother and grandmother have been charged with multiple offenses after a recent fracas occurring on a Toms River Regional School District bus, according to information from Chief Michael Mastronardy of the Toms River Township Police Department.

“Officer Pam Slaven, who is responsible for the intermediate and elementary schools in the township, investigated a simple assault incident that occurred Friday morning on a Toms River school bus,” said the chief.

Both witnesses and the bus driver claimed that 28 year-old Rebecca Sardoni, a a Martin Road resident, boarded the bus on Friday morning, during a routine pickup of East Dover Elementary School students at the intersection of First and Martin Avenues.

Sardoni inquired as to who “Vinny” was, and when the student identified himself, according to Mastronardy, Sardoni approached him while using profanity and slapped the 9 year-old child in the face. In the process, Sardoni also slapped another boy sitting next to her first victim.

At that same moment, witnesses reported that the woman’s mother, 51 year-old Stephanie Sardoni, of Spray Avenue in Beachwood, also boarded the bus at this time, and began using profanities and yelling at the students.

“Witnesses stated that the mother was using vulgarity in front of all the students and referring to a problem with her daughter, and she was going to take the young boys to court,” said Mastronardy. The boys who were assaulted were treated by Toms River school nurses for cuts to their mouths, with one of them later taken by his parent Community Medical Center for treatment of a neck injury.

The chief stated that Rebecca Sardoni was arrested and charged with simple assault, criminal trespass and making terroristic threats. Stephanie Sardoni was charged with criminal trespass for entering the bus and both were released on summonses.

“The investigation by Officer Pam Slaven, Detective Glen Lucas and Alex Scherer is continuing. The Department compliments the professional assistance they received from the Superintendent Frank Roselli and East Dover Principal Linda Downing and their staff in investigating this incident,” Mastronardy said.


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Landes October 26, 2012 at 05:47 AM
OMG, just read all of this crazy posts about this issue. WOW, the Mother was wrong, period. Obviously she did not take the straight path to get the matter with her daughter rectified. Nasty people here calling her names, or inferring that a single Mom (who even knows if she is) cannot raise respectful children. I was not aware that soooo many people posting here live in glass houses and are perfect! Attacking the principal of the school are you now looking for a scape goat. Where has common sense gone. Society is hard enought for adults, picture your daughter having transportation issues. SCHOOL BUS transportation is a NIGHTMARE. I drove my children to school just to avoid the bus bs. People really need to think before making snide and nasty comments, wonder where kids get if from, look at yourself first.
Andrea M. Sorensen October 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM
@ Landes. I agree with you. The mother should have handled this different.. We don't know HOW the school handled her complaints. If her complaints were not handled properly, then she should have gone right to the board. If things were that bad, the boys that were bullying her daughter, should have been removed from the bus for a week and the parents should have been made responsible for getting them back and forth to school. Then they should have used that time to make their kids understand that their behavior is unacceptable. Sounds like this situation was not handled properly all around. Most of these buses have aids, they should have reported the problem to their supervisors. And now, the kids are paying for it. We have two kids that were slapped, which is not right. And the mother created more problems for her daughter
Jvc October 28, 2012 at 09:06 PM
It's about choices people. We make choices which dictate how we live out our lives.
Jenne October 29, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Jack, 50 years ago it was pretty damn nasty too. Fortunately, now the schools don't brush it off with 'kids need to learn to work it out themselves' as much as they did. We'll see whether a generation where the adults don't tacitly approve of bullying turns out different than the previous ones-- when they grow up.
Geena November 28, 2012 at 07:49 AM
What I want to know is who was this horse's ass of a bus driver who let this low life mother & grandmother team on the bus??? He/she should be hauled off to jail along with the offenders, for opening the bus door, leaving the kids susceptible!


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