Here's a short example of Statement Analysis.
A reliable denial has 3 components, and only 3. If 2 are present, or if 4 are present, it is not a reliable denial. A reliable denial has the pronoun, "I", the past tense verb, and addresses the allegation specifically. Here, a reliable denial would be: "I did not slap the boy."
New Jersey mom accused of slapping daughter's bully denies claim
Published October 22, 2012
TOMS RIVER, N.J. – A woman who says her 9-year-old daughter was bullied said Sunday that she took matters into her own hands when she confronted one of her daughter's tormenters on a school bus, but she denied slapping anyone despite being charged with assault.
Rebecca Sardoni said she and her mother boarded a school bus Friday morning bound for East Dover Elementary School and asked for a boy they claimed had been harassing her daughter on the bus.
Several students on the bus said Rebecca Sardoni then cursed at the boy and slapped him and a boy seated next to him while her mother yelled at the two boys, Toms River Police Chief Michael G. Mastronardy told The Asbury Park Press.
Rebecca Sardoni, 28, of Toms River, and her mother, 51-year-old Stephanie Sardoni, of Beachwood, were arrested Friday and released on summonses. Rebecca Sardoni is charged with simple assault, criminal trespass and making terroristic threats. Stephanie Sardoni is charged with criminal trespass.
Rebecca Sardoni told The Associated Press that she regretted boarding the bus, but she denied touching or hitting anyone.
"I was upset. I wasn't crazy woman upset," she said. "I don't put my hands on my own kids. I would have never put my hands on anyone's kid."
Please note that she did not deny slapping the boy. She said, "I don't put my hands on my own kids" in the present tense. She also said, "I would have never" instead of "I did not..." with "would" a future/conditional verb tense. When someone says they "would not" do something they are avoiding saying they "did not" do something. It is very commonly used in deceptive denials.
Sardoni said her daughter is upset and nervous about going to school Monday. She said she's considering sending her daughter to a new school but knows for sure that the girl won't be taking the bus anymore.
"It's crazy that this got blown into me doing something wrong — me and my family — when this is my daughter that is the victim," Sardoni told the AP.
Here she only says it is "crazy" it got "blown" into "me doing something wrong" which appears like an embedded confession within her own words.
Sardoni said she took matters into her own hands after school officials ignored complaints that her daughter, who is also in fourth-grade, had been verbally and physically bullied by four students. She said her mother merely stood at the front of the bus with the driver.
School officials couldn't be reached Sunday by the AP.
The boys were treated by nurses from Toms River Regional Schools for cuts to their mouths. One of the boys was taken by his parents to a local hospital for treatment of a neck injury, Mastronardy said.
The stepfather of one of the boys — who have not been named because of their ages — told the newspaper his stepson had a cut on his lip after Rebecca Sardoni slammed his head against the bus window