Updated:ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.,None —
An Orange County mother, who drove onto the Dr. Phillips High School football field to confront students she believed had beaten up her son, was back in court on Thursday for a status hearing.
Rena Denson said she acted on maternal instinct and claimed recent hazing cases prove the education system is not protecting its students.
"I love my son and it is my job and responsibility to protect my son," Denson said.
Denson was arrested last year after she drove her Jeep onto the practice field at Dr. Philips High School., believing her 15-year-old son, Darrion, had been beaten up and stuffed into a trash can.
"I did not hurt anyone and it was not my intention to do so," said Denson.
Six students were accused in the attack, but most were acquitted or had the charges dropped.
A federal report later cast doubt on Darrion's story about the attack, but his mother said she stands by her actions.
"When you have a child, you have to protect them," Denson said.
Parents continue to make headlines for crossing the legal line when it comes to protecting their children.
Just as Laura Booker did when she stepped onto a school bus in Sanford to confront students she believed were bullying her daughter.
James Jones also went after alleged bullies on his daughter's school bus.
The Denson family said someone should have done more to stand up to protect Robert champion, the FAMU band member who was beaten to death as part of an apparent hazing.
"There is a code of silence. This is like the mafia in sports. No one testifies, no one sees anything," said Denson.
So far, Denson served 60 of the 100 hours of community service given to her.
Because of the case, Orange County Public Schools have new hazing rules.
Students caught hazing are either suspended or banned from sports or extracurricular activities.