JCPS: Bus driver assaulted by parent at elementary school

JCPS: Bus driver assaulted by parent at elementary school
The assault happened Monday morning at Blake Elementary. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The assault happened Monday morning at Blake Elementary. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Jefferson County Public Schools bus driver was attacked by a parent while dropping off students at an elementary school Monday morning, according to school officials.

A JCPS spokeswoman said the assault happened at Blake Elementary in Okolona.

"She gets on the bus and she just snatched the lady off the bus and starts beating her," witness Sharon Blincoe said. Blincoe had just walked her two grandchildren to school when the altercation happened.

She said the parent entered the bus yelling and swearing at the bus driver in front of the bus load of children, some of whom were crying.

"The little kids are shocked," Blincoe said. "The bus driver was crying and they like the bus driver so they were just startled a little bit. Hell, I was too."

John Stovall, head of the bus drivers' union, viewed the surveillance video from on board the bus and confirmed there were students on board at the time. He expects a warrant for the suspect's arrest and said the driver's biggest concern after the attack was the well-being of the children.

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"When I went to visit her at the hospital she was actually crying," Stovall said. "The one thing she's worried about was the kids that had seen that and witnessed that. And she was upset about that, how it was going to affect them."

The driver, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries to her knees, hands, and chest.

A motive behind the attack has not been revealed.

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