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School Bus Driver Said Students Needed to Fight: Sheriff

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A central Florida school bus driver faces multiple charges and has been fired after she drove a group of students to her home and staged a fight between two teen girls, authorities said.

Patrice Sanders, 29, has been charged with two counts each of child abuse, child neglect and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and one count of false imprisonment, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

On Thursday afternoon Sanders picked up students from three schools in Bartow – Gause Academy, Summerlin Academy and Bartow High School.

But after a 13-year-old student and a 16-year-old student had an argument on her bus, Sanders intervened, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a Friday news conference.

"And all of a sudden the school bus driver says, and I quote, 'This is going to be handled today. They need to fight,'" Judd said. "So she drives this busload of students, of children, to her house on Enterprise Street in Lakeland."

That was 23 miles from where she picked up the students, Judd said.

At her home at 1133 Enterprise St. the several dozen students got off the bus, and Sanders asked the 13-year-old and 16-year-old if they wanted Vaseline to put on their faces, to protect them from being cut, Judd said. The 13-year-old told Sanders that she didn't want to fight, according to the sheriff's office.

Sanders apparently couldn't find the Vaseline, but soon the 16-year-old charged across the front yard and began fighting the 13-year-old, and they fought until the point of exhaustion, Judd said. At one point the driver could be seen jumping up and down and cheering, and students were also cheering and taking video clips, the sheriff said.

“Ladies and gentlemen, when we first learned of this last night we thought, you know, this is so bizarre, it’s got to be true because people can’t make it up," Judd said.

Displaying the mug shot of Sanders at the news conference, Judd addressed the driver.

"You know what I want to say to Patrice? Come on, girl, what are you thinking? How in the world could you allow and promote and encourage children to fight?" he said. "And you’re their bus driver, and you’re responsible for them?”

Once the bus was moving again, the 13-year-old student charged the 16-year-old girl and they fought again, Judd said. Sanders pulled the bus over and let them fight, and after they stopped, she pulled back on the road and started taking the kids to their stops. She told them, "What happens on the bus stays on the bus," Judd said.

by on May. 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM
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stormcris
by Christy on May. 11, 2013 at 2:08 AM

See the second comment I made about this?

Quoting LauraKW:

What the hell? No, people don't need to fight.

Quoting stormcris:

Sometimes kids do need to fight it out but that is not something that should be orchestrated by an adult.


Lizard_Lina
by Silver Member on May. 11, 2013 at 2:08 AM
I have had to take one. It was a list of various scenarios with blank lines under each one to write in what you're response to the scenario would be.
Then there were multiple choice questions for more direct answers.
I thought it was a really good idea.


Quoting Donna6503:

Why; with all of mankind invention, hasn't anybody come-up with a "maturity test" for potential public employees that they must pass, before they are working around children?


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on May. 11, 2013 at 2:13 AM
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I can't believe I just read this.

What the hell is wrong with people?

Our children should not be fighting to begin with, much less having an adult encourage it, promote it, engage in it.

Absolutely disgusting.

Jack_Squat
by Silver Member on May. 11, 2013 at 2:21 AM
Lol. This is nuts.

It reminds me of when I visited my best friend for 2 weeks during the summer.

She and her step sister argued, shrieked at each other, and made the household miserable.

Finally, my friend's step dad got fed up and marched them both outside. He wrapoed their hands in dish towels, and told them they were gonna fight it out.

My best friend was an itty bitty firecracker, and her step sister was built like a linebacker. My friend beat the shit out of her in the back yard, and miraculously, the step sister completely changed her tune, and subsequently the environment of the whole house.
DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on May. 11, 2013 at 2:24 AM

My dad had the idea that my sister and I should go into a room and "fight it out". My mom strongly disagreed. Guess who won? Lol 


Quoting futureshock:


Quoting stormcris:

Sometimes kids do need to fight it out but that is not something that should be orchestrated by an adult.

When do kids need to fight it out?



Donna6503
by Gold Member on May. 11, 2013 at 3:36 AM
Wow, that's neat.

Well, I'm glad to hear that it is in place somewhere and thanks for letting me know; I learned something new today.

:)


Quoting Lizard_Lina:

I have had to take one. It was a list of various scenarios with blank lines under each one to write in what you're response to the scenario would be.

Then there were multiple choice questions for more direct answers.

I thought it was a really good idea.




Quoting Donna6503:

Why; with all of mankind invention, hasn't anybody come-up with a "maturity test" for potential public employees that they must pass, before they are working around children?



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kailu1835
by Ruby Member on May. 11, 2013 at 3:55 AM
What the hell?!
annabl1970
by Platinum Member on May. 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM
I couldn't believe too.
It's stupid craziness. Not only she promote the fighting, she actually changed the route, took kids to her home and let them fight in her yard!!!


Quoting FromAtoZ:

I can't believe I just read this.

What the hell is wrong with people?

Our children should not be fighting to begin with, much less having an adult encourage it, promote it, engage in it.

Absolutely disgusting.


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