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SC mom arrested after fight erupts on her child’s middle school bus, sheriff says

A School bus. (Lori Martin/Dreamstime/TNS)

Sheriff’s investigators arrested a woman who became involved in a brawl on her child’s middle school bus Friday in Chester County, South Carolina.

Two students began fighting on the Chester Middle School bus Friday afternoon, just before the bus arrived at a stop “and a parent of one of the brawling juveniles stepped onto the bus,” according to a sheriff’s office news release late Friday.

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“The situation escalated, causing the bus driver to drive to the Sheriff’s Office parking lot and honk the horn to get law enforcement’s attention,” according to the release.

Deputies broke up the fight on the bus, but other parents soon arrived in the parking lot, sheriff’s officials said.

“The parent of one of the brawling juveniles began fighting with the parent of the other brawling juvenile,” according to the news release.

Deputies broke up that fight, too.

Investigators are pursuing a charge of interfering with the operation of a school bus against the parent they arrested. The other parent was ticketed for disorderly conduct, sheriff’s officials said.

The sheriff’s office hasn’t released the names of the parents, saying the investigation continues and more charges may be filed.

The woman boarded the bus and “hit two kids in the jaw” as she protected her child, a student on the bus told Charlotte Observer news partner WSOC. The station said it obtained exclusive video of the brawl.

In a statement Friday, Chester County Schools Superintendent Antwon Sutton thanked sheriff’s investigators “for their swift action in diffusing this serious situation.”

School officials “will continue to fully cooperate with them during their investigation,” Sutton said.


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