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Harnett Co. father arrested after confronting son's bullies

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A Harnett County father says he was trying to protect his son from school bus bullies when he ended up in handcuffs.

Chris Eichele was arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespassing and communicating threats after he boarded his son's school bus and confronted students who he said had bullied his son.

Eichele said he has complained to school officials that his son has been constantly harassed on the ride home from Overhills Middle School, but he said school administrators haven't done enough to stop the bullying.

The ongoing problems boiled over, Eichele says, when a group of students smeared hand sanitizer in his son's eyes.

"I'm not going to be one of the parents who comes home and finds their kids a suicide victim,” Eichele said. “I'm going to stop that before it happens."

Harnett County Schools said it was the sheriff's office’s decision to file charges.

North Carolina is one of the tougher states when it comes to bullying laws. It is one of 14 states that prohibits bullying of students based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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