TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A mother and grandmother have been arrested in New Jersey, on charges that they hit and screamed at two fourth-grade boys who they believed were bullying the woman’s daughter.

Rebecca Sardoni, 28, of Toms River, N.J., and her mother, Stephanie Sardoni, 51, of Beachwood, N.J., were arrested Friday.

Toms River police told the Asbury Park Press that witnesses saw the two women board a school bus headed for East Dover Elementary School this past Friday. They were coming after the boys they claim had been harassing Rebecca Sardoni’s 9-year-old daughter, police said.

Rebecca Sardoni told the newspaper that the boys had been taunting her daughter and even physically harassing her. She said her daughter was “hysterical” upon reporting the harassment, and had to write her thoughts on a piece of paper out of embarrassment, the Asbury Park Press reported.

Sardoni allegedly cursed and slapped the boys, while her mother screamed at them, police told the newspaper.

Rebecca Sardoni was charged with simple assault, criminal trespass and making terroristic threats while Stephanie Sardoni was charged with criminal trespass for getting on the bus, police told the paper.

A stepfather of one of the boys told the Asbury Park Press that his stepson had a cut on his lip and was in pain, after Rebecca Sardoni slammed the boy’s head against a window, the newspaper reported.

Rebecca Sardoni tells the newspaper she took matters into her own hands after school officials ignored her complaints.

School officials could not be reached Sunday.

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