Parents want answers after woman boards bus, assaults student

Parents want answers after woman boards bus, assaults student

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 18, 2013 at 12:02 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A woman boarded a Ridge Road Middle School bus Friday morning and assaulted a student who was involved in a fight with her son, according to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

Kimani Long, a sixth grader who was on the bus, said the woman's son boarded the bus at the Colonial Grand Apartment bus stop and began arguing with another boy in the back about a Nerf football.

"They started fighting and you know when there are fights everyone starts screaming and stuff?  Well, the parent heard that and she ran on the bus and started to beat the little boy," explained Kimani.  "She was like, kicking him in the stomach and punching him in the head.  His face was swollen and big and he was crying."

The bus driver called her supervisor and 911.  Officers arrived on scene after the woman and her son had left.  They took statements from the other students on board, who were then dropped off at school.

Kimani's father, Winston Long, said he didn't know anything had happened on his daughter's bus until she told him -- after school Friday.

"It's five o'clock.  This happened at nine in the morning.  Why am I just hearing about this now and how is it I am just hearing about this from my own daughter?  If the police were called and my daughter had to give statements and sit down and answer questions at the school, why wasn't I contacted," asked Long.

Ridge Road Middle School did send out this recorded ConnectEd message just before 1 p.m.:

“This morning at a bus stop, a parent trespassed onto a school bus and had a confrontation with a student.  No one was injured.  The driver reported the incident immediately and our school staff and school resource officer responded quickly.  While this was an isolated incident, we take this type of behavior very seriously and ask parents to be aware that unauthorized adults are not permitted on school buses.  Ridge Road thanks you for your involvement in your child’s education and your partnership.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call the main office.”

Long said he did receive that phone call but feels that is not enough for the parents of the students on the bus.

“It was a recorded message, nothing that would lead you to believe your child was involved or a witness to anything.  They should have picked up the phone and called us personally,” Long said.

CMS said because there is an ongoing criminal investigation, it is limited in what information it can release to the public.

CMPD has warrants out for the suspect in this case.

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