Woman accused of assaulting bus driver misses court date

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The woman accused of assaulting a JCPS bus driver has until May 4 to appear before a judge after missing a court hearing Tuesday.

Prosecutors asked the judge to issue a bench warrant for White, but her attorney, Keith Kamenish, requested and was granted a 24-hour continuance.

White turned herself into police on March 4 after she was accused of boarding a JCPS school bus when it stopped at 24th and Broadway and attacking the driver, Johnetta Anderson. Police say White and her 12-year-old daughter pulled Anderson from the bus by her ankles in the presence of other students, knocking down a student in the process.

Kamenish says White did not enter the bus until she saw that her 12-year-old daughter was being confronted by the driver.

White has said that she was upset because one of her children had been bullied on the bus. White faces 19 charges of wanton endangerment.

JCPS officials have said there had been concerns about behavioral problems on that bus and a security camera was installed on Feb. 28. Kamenish says JCPS should have alerted parents to the camera installation.

A warrant will be issued if White is not in court by 9:01 a.m. Wednesday.

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