A father in South Carolina was arrested and charged after he allegedly got into a school bus that was stopped at an intersection and threatened to kill students if they bullied his child.
Roger McLane Stephens, a 44-year-old father from Seneca, South Carolina, reportedly ran inside a school bus while it was stopped at an intersection on April 29 and told the driver not to let any students pick on his child. He then reportedly threatened to kill various children on the bus, as well as their families, if they bullied his kid.
Police conducted an investigation into the incident, and subsequently obtained an arrest for Stephens. He was arrested on Wednesday and released the same day after posting $1,000 bond.
After a similar incident this week in a nearby town that involved a man hitting and beating on a school bus, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office released a statement condemning such actions toward school buses and drivers.
“The Oconee County Sheriff's Office will not tolerate anyone who interferes with the day-to-day operations of bus drivers and students getting to and from school or who makes threats or attempts to put them in danger in any way,” Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said. “If we are notified that someone is putting our children in danger by their actions, we will investigate and bring charges if those allegations are proven true and make arrests of those responsible.
“I commend the actions of the bus drivers in both situations for doing everything within their power to keep the students on their buses safe,” he continued. “They do a great job every day and the sheriff's office certainly thanks them for their help and cooperation in both situations."
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