Another mother cited for boarding school bus uninvited

Another mother cited for boarding school bus uninvited
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police have cited another Region 8 mother for boarding a school bus uninvited.

According to the incident report, Jonesboro police cited a mother when she came onto the bus screaming profanities and threatening to beat students.

Police say the mom was trying to intervene in a fight involving her child.

"We had an incident between two students on the bus and a parent witnessed the incident and felt it necessary to try to intervene and come on the bus, which is the worst thing you could do," Transportation Director Mickey Long said.

The bus driver tried to get the mother off the bus, but she continued to scream and curse as she was escorted off.

This is the second incident in one week in which a mom came aboard a school bus uninvited.

The first incident happened on a Brookland school bus.

Region 8 News spoke with the Jonesboro Public School Transportation Director Mickey Long to see why parents are not allowed on the buses.

"It is about the safety of the child, bottom line it is about the safety of the children," Long said. "We do not know all of the parents, we don't know all of the family members, and unfortunately the world has gotten to be a kind of crazy place."

Long said there have been a few occasions in which a parent may be invited onto the bus, but it is essential they be invited first.

"There has been the various occasion when a parent has been invited on the bus to get their child seated, but to just climb on the bus in an unwanted fashion is a definite no," Long said.

Long said if there is a problem with the bus or children on the bus the best thing a parent can do is talk with the driver privately outside the bus.

If that does not solve the issue, parents are encouraged to contact the transportation department.

"If the driver cannot offer an immediate solution, then come to us and we will do whatever we can to solve the situation," Long said.

Long said these rules are in place for students' safety.

"Number one thing is keeping them safe from beginning to end and that includes keeping the parents off the bus," Long said.

Long said if parents choose to disobey the law, they will be cited for the incident.

"The bottom line is, if you are not asked to come on the bus for some reason, then you have made an unlawful entry onto a school bus and that is a Class B misdemeanor and you will get a ticket," Long said. "It is as simple as that."

The Jonesboro mother was cited for three separate misdemeanors for disorderly conduct, unauthorized entry onto a school bus and terroristic threatening in the second degree.

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