Mother accused of punching bus driver arrested
BATON ROUGE - A mother facing felony charges for her alleged attack on an elementary school bus driver was arrested over the weekend, according to Baton Rouge police.
The incident occurred on Aug. 22 when Jasmine Cleveland, 22, boarded the bus on Osceola Street, cursed the driver out and punched her in the face twice.
According to court documents, the violence stemmed from an issue on the day prior when the bus driver refused to leave Cleveland's children at the bus stop alone after school because the mother was unable to be there to pick them up. Instead of meeting the mother's demands, the driver followed system policy and returned the children to school.
Cleveland denied this and, though she would not appear on News 2 camera, she said in a phone conversation that she got on the bus to discipline the driver for reckless driving and not because the driver didn't drop off her kids at the bus stop as requested. She admitted to cursing the driver, but denied any physical assault.
Deputies wanted to interview the woman about the incident, but she declined. She was arrested and booked into the parish jail on one count of battery of a school teacher along with other charges for traffic violations.