A Greenwood woman was arrested Wednesday after police say she interfered with the operation of a District 50 school bus on Aug. 22.
According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, police were dispatched to a civil disturbance at the corner of Brooks Stuart Drive and E. Durst Avenue at about 3 p.m. on Aug. 22. When they arrived, officers spoke to Shumda Moore, 25, who said that her child had been assaulted by the bus driver.
According to the report, Moore said that the bus driver grabbed her 4-year-old daughter’s arm and jerked her into the front seat. Moore told police that she confronted the bus driver and an argument ensued. The child complained of her arm hurting and a witness to the incident, who said she was already dissatisfied with the bus driver, corroborated Moore’s story.
According to the report, the bus driver said that all the kids stood up when she pulled up with the bus. She told police that she dismisses the children by seats so that there is no shoving and no one gets pushed down the stairs while exiting the bus. The bus driver said she told the children to sit down and Moore came onto the bus, saying that she was getting her daughter off the bus. The bus driver said she did grab the child’s arm, but only because she was the girl was falling down the stairs. The bus driver told police that Moore again entered the bus and an argument ensued.
According to the report, police obtained the video from the school bus on Aug. 27, which corroborated the bus driver’s story. The video showed Moore entering the bus and the bus driver ask her to get off the bus. Moore was yelling and standing close to the bus driver in a threatening manner. The video showed the bus driver grabbing the girl’s arm as the girl was starting to fall, but the bus driver never forced the girl into a seat. The video showed Moore entering the bus a second time, yelling at the bus driver, using profanity and pointing her finger in the bus driver’s face.
Moore was arrested on Wednesday and charged with interference of operation of a school bus. If convicted, Moore could face a fine of up to $100 and up to 30 days in jail.