Bus driver assaulted

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 12, 2007

MURFREESBORO – An incident on a Hertford County school bus has left one woman facing assault charges.

According to a report filed by Hertford County Sheriff’s Deputy Bonja Woods, a Murfreesboro woman is facing charges after an incident that allegedly occurred on October 5.

According to the report by Deputy Woods, an incident on the bus began when the bus driver asked a student to move to the back of the bus to make way for a handicapped student.

According to a statement by the victim, the incident escalated to the point where a female student on the bus began attacking the bus driver with her purse.

Afterward, the bus driver said she asked the student to be seated, but a young man opened the doors, apparently allowing the suspect to enter the bus and attack the school bus driver.

That person was identified as the mother of the student who had allegedly already assaulted the driver.

After receiving a written statement from the victim, Deputy Woods had warrants drawn and arrested Latisha McNear, 33, of Pinetops Road in Murfreesboro.

She was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and trespass/impede of a school bus. She was placed in the Hertford County Detention Center under a $2,500 secured bond.

Reached by telephone Friday afternoon, Hertford County Public School Superintendent Dr. Michael G. Basham said the district had thoroughly investigated the incident.

“The school system has conducted an investigation in regard to that incident,” Dr. Basham said. “We have interviewed many people and we feel like we have rendered appropriate justice in this situation.”