Sims is charged with the use of a device to intercept oral communications, which is a felony. She is also charged with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Norfolk Public Schools has a policy against electronic devices in its elementary schools, the news station reported.
Sims said she was “mortified” by the charges.
“Next thing I know, I’m a felon,” Sims said. “Felony charges and a misdemeanor when I’m trying to look out for my kid. What do you do?”
Sims' attorney, Kristin Paulding, told WAVY-TV that the charges were a stretch.
“They aren’t making this about that classroom. There are charges that carry jail time,” Paulding said. “Instead of comforting her (about the alleged bullying), she’s going to a magistrate and being handcuffed.”
Sims is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in January. In the meantime, the mother said she is most bothered by the lack of response she received on her daughter’s complaints of being bullied.
"I tried to be fair, but it's not fair," Sims told WAVY-TV. "There is nothing fair about this."
Officials with the school district declined to comment on the case, citing the ongoing investigation.