A father was arrested last week after he got on a school bus and threatened boys who had been bullying his special needs daughter, deputies said. The 13-year-old daughter has cerebral palsy.
“…(James Willie) Jones boarded the school bus Sept. 3 because several boys were allegedly bullying his daughter, according to the sheriff’s office report. He told deputies the boys placed an open condom on his daughter’s head, smacked her on the back of her head, twisted her ear and shouted rude comments at her, the report said.”
“Video surveillance from the bus shows Jones asking his daughter to point out the students accused of harassing her. Jones is heard on the video threatening those who bully his daughter, and he also threatens the bus driver.”
“Jones then steps off the bus. Some children are heard laughing….”
“The girl had to be hospitalized because of stress from the confrontation. The father, James Willie Jones, was arrested Thursday after he stormed onto the bus two weeks ago and later released on bail. He hopes to apologize to the children, said his attorney, Natalie Jackson.”
” ‘The little girl was scared to go to school. There has to be something done about school bullying,’ Jackson said.”
I guess you should go through “proper channels” but I completely understand a father’s need to yell at kids hurting his child.
And it doesn’t sound like the kids took him seriously. I’m not so sure the bus driver yelling at them or the principal bringing them in is going to be more effective.
What would you do if your special needs child was being bullied on the bus or at school? Should the father have been arrested? Is yelling at the kids enough to be arrested? (I could understand more if he hit them.) What should the school district do now?