Police: Woman removed driver from bus, hit her in front of children

Police: Woman removed driver from bus, hit her in front of children
Takeyla Neal (Source: LMDC)
Takeyla Neal (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A local mother was in court Tuesday, facing charges for a brutal attack on a school bus driver that unfolded in front of several children at Blake Elementary on Monday.

Takeyla Neal, 27, is facing charges of assault, disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing and menacing. Police said she got on JCPS school bus 1511 and that confrontation got out of hand.

"Just beyond sensible behavior," the judge said to Neal at her arraignment Tuesday.

Police said the bus was parked and the children were exiting at the school. Part of the group had exited the bus, but some were still inside. It was all caught on the bus surveillance camera, the video from which has not been released publicly.

John Stovall, the head of the bus driver's union, has seen the video.

"I seen (the bus driver) trying to do her job telling the parent, 'Please do not get on the bus, you can not get on the bus' four different times," Stovall said. "Then the parent just grabs her and jerks her and throws her from the top step of the bus where she sits. She was standing there, jerks her off the bus and then into the concrete and then kicking."

The bus driver suffered injures and was taken to a hospital where she lost consciousness. She was released from the hospital and is recovering.

Police said Neal's language also was out of control with her screaming and cursing in front of the children.

JCPS's director of transportation, Randy Frantz, said the bus driver has been with the district since 2012 and is a model employee. The beef Neal had with the bus driver?

"It was over a bus stop dispute," Frantz said, adding that bus stop locations are not anything bus drivers have control over. "The bus driver doesn't establish bus stops. Our bus drivers executes a set of instructions."

Added Stovall: "Prosecute (Neal) to the full extent of the law. Send the message to the public that you aren't allowed to put your hands on a school bus driver. That kind of behavior, what's that send to the children?"

Neal has two children that attend Blake Elementary School.

Stovall said the bus driver was concerned only about one thing -- the children who witnessed the horrific attack. She also did something else that speaks volumes of her character, Stovall said. The bus driver told him that she forgave Neal.

Neal has previous traffic and theft charges. She's currently being held at Metro Corrections on $5,000 bond.

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