|School Bus Bully Dad James Jones Named One of 'People of the Year' by NBC News|
|Written by Ryan Gray|
|Thursday, 25 November 2010 21:21|
TV news personality Matt Lauer called it, "a moment of rage," or at least one of the year's most memorable as NBC News named James Jones one of its "People of the Year" after he created a national media sensation after boarding his daughter's school bus and threatening several students and the bus driver over alleged on-board bullying.
Jones was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace and interfering with a school activity after barging onto his daughter's Seminole County School District bus in Sanford, Fla., on Sept. 3 after his daughter, Chatari, complained about not wanting to go to school that day because of bullies. The girl, who has mild cerebral palsy, alleged she was repeatedly picked on and spit on by some students, and she added that they threw a condom into her hair.
Jones proceeded to board the school bus and berate the driver and several unidentified students. The school district later released a statement that no complaints of bullying had been received by the administration and called Jones' actions "not acceptable behavior." Mike Connors, president of the Florida Association for Pupil Transportation, reiterated this statement and added that he had seen previous days' worth of school bus video and no bullying was evident. Connors made his comments on Oct. 31 during a special bullying presentation at the National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit in Portland, Ore.
In addition to video of Jones' tirade on the bus, the NBC News piece also included clips of the recent NAPT bullying presentation, referring to it as a conference for school bus drivers.
Chatari told Lauer that the school bus ride that morning after her father's tirade was "very quiet." Since the incident, prosecutors agreed to drop the charges against Jones in return for six months probation, a $1,000 fine and the completion of anger management classes.
Lauer asked James Jones if he would ever put his daughter on a school bus again, to which he replied, "That's up to her but I think she's definitely more comfortable now than she used to be." Chatari added that she'd no longer hide in the bushes to avoid taking the bus to school.
"I promise," she told Lauer.
|Last Updated on Friday, 26 November 2010 08:07|