A mother learned the hard way on the second day of school that her two young children could not ride the same bus.
According to reports from Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Eatonton Police Department, around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2., Deputy Hollie Collins responded to a call on South Steel Bridge Road from a Putnam County school bus driver who said a parent had tried to get her child off the bus after the child was already in the vehicle, and when the bus driver refused, she reportedly followed the bus too closely all the way to the school.
The 31-year-old mother, who reportedly is pregnant and was upset and crying, drove her other child to school at Putnam County Primary School, and on her way back, was stopped at the Jet 44 by Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence and Officer Harold “Buddy” Bowman, who talked with her. The school system’s bus director, Eric Little, also spoke with the mother, who reportedly said she intended to do no harm to anyone, she just didn’t understand that her children would be on separate buses going to the same school, and she preferred they ride together.
Little explained the school system’s policy to the mother about removing a child from a bus after he or she is in the school’s custody. Because there was no criminal intent, no charges were filed, and the mother was verbally warned not to follow or chase a school bus again.
— Lynn Hobbs