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Police: Mother and her children attack school bus driver, monitor

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Felisha Yancey (Source: LMDC) Felisha Yancey (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville woman is accused of boarding a Jefferson County Public Schools bus and attacking the driver and bus monitor, and police say the suspect's three young children helped her.

It happened at the bus stop at Jackson and St. Catherine Streets just before 5 p.m. February 19. The warrant states it all started after the bus driver asked the children to be seated until the bus stopped. 

Yancey's children's father, Stepfon Nolan says their 9 year old daughter got off the bus yelling that she had been hit when she came off the bus. The report states she claimed she was hit by the bus monitor, but Nolan and Yancey said it was the bus driver that placed a hand on her.

"The bus driver proceeded to choke my daughter with his hands and push her off the bus," said Nolan. 

Nolan claims that's when Yancey boarded the bus to find out what was going on. "It could have been resolved better than what it was," said Nolan. "I think everybody could have been professional about it."

Yancey was arraigned in court Friday morning. She asked the judge if she could say something.
"That bus has cameras on it," said Yancey. "He grabbed my daughter by her throat."

According to the arrest warrant, once on board Yancey started punching the bus driver in his arm. When the bus monitor tried to intervene Yancey then pulled her off the bus by her shirt then punched, kicked, and spit on her. Nolan says Yancey was the one attacked.


"She's got cracked ribs," said Nolan. "She's hurt. She's hurt."
 
The warrant goes on to state Yancey's three children ages 9, 7, and 6 joined in and started kicking the bus monitor.

"I don't blame them," said Nolan. "If your mother is getting attacked in front of you what are you going to do."

Teamsters Local 783 represents JCPS bus drivers and monitors. President John Stovall says their fortunate this doesn't happen more often. He encourages drivers to get officials involved at the first sign of trouble. 

"My advice to them and I've told them before is to call police and then go out and take a warrant out because that's the only way you are going to protect yourself and other people on that bus," said Stovall. 

The incident happened in front of about 10 children under the age of 10 who were passengers on the bus as well as parents who were waiting for their children at the bus stop. A surveillance camera on board the bus captured the incident on video, according to JCPS.

The bus monitor suffered soreness to the head and abdomen and was treated at a medical facility. The bus driver had no visible injuries, according to investigators.

Police said JCPS has had ongoing problems with Yancey and criminal charges have been filed against her in the past. She now has been banned from JCPS property, including the bus stop for a year. 

Yancey is charged in this case with criminal trespassing, terroristic threatening, third-degree assault, unlawful transaction with a minor and disorderly conduct. 

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