Bus tirade sends mom to jail


POSTED: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 10:41am

UPDATED: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 10:21am

An angry parent stormed onto a Sanford, Florida school bus Thursday and said she needed to defend her daughter.

The woman was so agitated by the treatment she said her 13-year-old daughter was getting on the school bus that she was arrested while trying to make her point.

The video of the incident was released Tuesday to help officials evaluate who was at fault and whether Laura Booker, 39, should have been arrested.

Booker took her complaint straight to the bus driver at Sanford Middle School.

She waited for the students to get off before boarding.

Booker claimed she had already lodged several complaints about how her daughter had been treated on the bus by both the students and the driver.

Police were called when Booker wouldn't leave the bus.

"I knew I couldn't get on the bus when kids were on the bus, but I never knew I couldn't get on the bus when the kids were off the bus," Booker said.

Booker said she just had to protect her child.

"Everybody wants me off the bus, but nobody is resolving anything," Booker said. "Had anybody tried to resolve it in the first place, I wouldn't have been on the bus."

Booker was arrested on charges of trespassing and resisting arrest.

"I didn't know what to do so I went to talk to another adult," Booker said. "My mother always told us to take a stand for what we believe in, but be prepared for the consequences."

Officials with Seminole County Public Schools said they will review the bus surveillance tapes from the past few weeks to check on the ongoing behavior of the students, the driver and Booker's daughter.

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I must have missed the memo. These are OUR children, are they not? I don't know about the rest of America, but I'm sick and tired of America's children being bullied and assaulted on school buses and in school. If they can not be protected by those empowered to do so, including police, sheriff, constable, school law enforcement, bus drivers, school board officials, and parents. Then we should do something that we as a country have never done. Stick together. Don't let our children suffer.

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