A mom arrested in southeastern Tennessee after confronting students on a school bus about bullying her deaf son said she was responding to his telephone call telling her he was punched in the face again.

Christa Green was in court Wednesday in Marion County facing 13 counts of assault, even though she didn't touch anyone, according to WRCB-TV in Chattanooga.

There were 12 students and the driver on the bus.

Director of schools Mark Griffith said the Marion County schools' "number one priority is safety, second to academics of course."

He said Wednesday that Green approached him in the past about her 18-year-old son, Tavis, and protective measures were taken.

He said Green previously "channeled it through the school itself and this is the first incident we've had."

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