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

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

A mother and a grandmother have been charged with multiple offenses after a recent fracas occurring on a Toms River Regional School District bus, Toms River Police Chief Michael G. Mastronardy said.

“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 said that Rebecca Sardoni, 28, Martin Road, 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. When the 9-year-old student identified himself,  Sardoni approached him while using profanity and slapped the child in the face. She also slapped a boy sitting next to him, Mastronardy said.

Witnesses also said that the woman’s mother, Stephanie Sardoni, 51, Spray Avenue, 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. One of them was later taken by his parents to Community Medical Center for treatment of a neck injury, the chief said.

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. Both were released on summonses, Mastronardy said.

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

RealityCheck October 22, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Just saw on News 12 ,that the mother is saying she didn't hit the kids.This mother daughter are crazy. I don't believe anything they say. They should have taken care of it the right way.
Poindexter McSmash October 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM
In the old days, you would confront the parents, not the kids...
brokeninbayville October 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM
put her away. Of course she hit the kids if there are cuts in their mouth. Horrible!!!! She'll probably be sued. It's the way of the world.
suz October 22, 2012 at 06:46 PM
From what I had heard (from another news source) the daughter of this mom had been "sexual violated" by these two boys and a girl. If that is true, sorry, it is a game changer for me and my opinion. NO ONE should be touched by another person including this young girl by these three kids! Was the mom right to slap this boys? Maybe not, but what would you do?
jerseyswamps October 23, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Mom is complaining of a sexual assault and she doesn't go to the police? She whines about the school doing nothing? Sexual assault is a serious allegation. Would she or you just go to the school principal and complain about your kid being stabbed?
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Another "proud" Beachwood moment.

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