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Mother claims school bus video shows truth of battle with driver, monitor

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Felisha Yancey appeared anxious to defend her actions in her first court appearance following her arrest.

"He grabbed my daughter by the throat," she said.

"Ma'am, this is not your trial," the judge replied.

Yancy is accused of assaulting a Jefferson County Public Schools bus driver and bus monitor as the bus prepared to drop off her three children from Portland Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon.

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"She approached them and told them to keep their hands off her children," the children's father, Stepfon Nolan, said Friday. "She's got cracked ribs, she's hurt, she's hurt."

But the arrest report filed by the Louisville Metro Police Department tells a far different story.

The report states the bus monitor tried to intervene after Yancey began punching the bus driver's right arm. That prompted Yancey to grab the monitor by her shirt and pull her off of the bus. The report claims Yancey punched, kicked and spit on her, then her three children, ages 6, 7 and 9, joined the attack.

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

JCPS has not gone on the record regarding the incident. The bus driver, Wesley Lasu, and the bus monitor have declined to go on-camera. But off-camera, Lasu indicated that Yancey's children are the reason that JCPS assigned a monitor to his bus.

"We're lucky and fortunate it doesn't happen more often than what it does," said John Stovall, President of Teamsters Local #783, the union that represents JCPS bus drivers and monitors.

Stovall claimed bus drivers and monitors have no choice when left with no backup.

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

Yancey maintains on-board security camera video will support her claims as to how the bus altercation played out.

Yancey is charged with third-degree assault, criminal trespassing, terroristic threatening, disorderly conduct and unlawful transaction with a minor. She told the Jail Court judge Friday that she is unable to pay her $10,000 bond.

The judge has banned her from JCPS property for one year. Her children will no longer be allowed to ride Lasu's bus, Lasu said.

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