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Friday
Nov122010

New School for Kids Whose Mom Risked Jail to Protect Daughter from Bullies

File photo. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The children of a Philadelphia mother who vowed to go to jail if her bullied children weren't transferred to a different school will be joining new classrooms Friday.

Cheryl Joseph's two daughters, 13-year-old Tiffany and 11-year-old Gabrielle, will be placed in new schools, Philadelphia Public School District Superintendent Arlene Ackerman announced, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Repeated calls to the school district by ABC News were not immediately returned, nor were those to Joseph, who told the Daily News that her children were so happy to escape the torment of the bullies at their old school that they were "hugging each other and giving each other high-fives."

The decision to move the two girls came after Joseph made a public plea to the school district, claiming she'd be willing serve time for her children's truancy rather than send them into the "hell hole" of bullying. Joseph had been told by a truancy court in Philadelphia that if she didn't enroll Tiffany in a school by early next year, she could face at least five days in prison, a $500 fine and community service. Her children could also be removed from her care, she said.

Her daughter has reportedly been beaten up and even had basketballs thrown at her and "bounced off her" by bullies who "don't like the way she looks," Joseph said. Bullies have called her daughter's cell phone and cursed at her, according to Joseph, and spread rumors that Tiffany was doing "inappropriate things with boys."

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