Belle Chasse mother arrested for threatening student on school bus

Belle Chasse mother arrested for threatening student on school bus
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POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 12:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 1:18pm

A Belle Chasse mother has been arrested after she threatened a sixth-grader and screamed profanities at a school bus driver.

On Friday, August 23, at approximately 9:35 a.m., the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Plaquemines Parish School Board regarding an incident that occurred earlier in the morning, in which a parent boarded a school bus without permission, threatened a student, and shouted profanities at the bus driver. The incident was captured on a bus video surveillance system.

During the investigation, it was discovered that Sayra L. Smith, 34,  boarded the bus at LA Highway 23 and West St. Peter Street in Oakville without permission. Upon entering the bus, Smith stood on the top step next to the driver and verbally threatened a sixth-grade student who was seated toward the rear of the bus. When the bus driver attempted to intervene, Smith became even more irate and began to yell obscenities at the driver. The bus driver had to repeatedly ask Smith to exit the bus, before she eventually complied.

Investigating deputies learned that Smith’s daughter and the sixth-grade student were involved in an incident on the bus the day before. Because that incident is under an internal review by the School Board, the PPSO is unable to comment further.

Smith was charged with Trespassing and Disturbing the Peace. Deputies attempted to locate Smith on several occasions, to no avail. On August 24 at 12:05 p.m., Smith arrived at the Belle Chasse Lockup, at which time she was placed under arrest. Smith subsequently posted a $1,500 bond and was released pending a court date.

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