Juvenile arrested after JCPS driver dragged from bus and assaulted

Posted by Mike Dever - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police have arrested a juvenile in connection with the assault of a female JCPS bus driver and 6-year-old child in front of a daycare center in west Louisville on March 1.

JCPS Security took the juvenile, a female, into custody on March 3 and charged her with third degree assault and 19 counts of wanton endangerment - all felonies. She was also charged with fourth degree assault after a student on the bus was knocked down during the attack.

JCPS and LMPD are conducting a joint investigation into the incident, and LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell says there could be more arrests.  The 12-year-old was with a female adult family member.  Community activist Christopher 2x says that woman is the girl's mother, 30-year-old Chesica White.  White has been arrested for assault against a boyfriend in the past.

"These two individuals initially entered the bus assaulting the bus driver, and she tried to get them off the bus," said JCPS Spokesperson Lauren Roberts. "Then they pulled her off the bus by her ankles.  As she went down the stairs her head and her back hit the stairs."

According to police and JCPS officials, the bus was transporting students home from Stopher Elementary on March 1 when it stopped at Unseld Daycare at 24th and Broadway.

JCPS officials says two people boarded the bus while the door was open - knocking down a child in the process. As the bus driver attempted to intervene, she was dragged down the steps and out of the bus by her feet and beaten outside the bus.

The driver, Johnetta Anderson, was taken to University Hospital with a concussion, bruised bones and other injuries. She has been with the district since 2008.

The 6-year-old child who was knocked down suffered a cut lip.

JCPS officials believe the attack may have been related to an incident last week when a parent alleged a child had been a victim of bullying. Roberts says the 12-year-old's sibling rides that bus.  School system officials say they put a camera on the bus the day before the attack the incident was caught on tape.

"There have been some ongoing concerns with some behavioral problems on that bus, and that's what might have precipitated this," said Roberts.

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