[UPDATE] Florida Dad Charged for Threatening Kids on School Bus

By: AP
By: AP

[UPDATE] 11-9 10:30AM --

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) --

A Florida father who stormed onto a school bus and threatened children because his 13-year-old disabled daughter had been bullied has accepted a deal that keeps him out of jail.

James Willie Jones singed the deal Monday, November 8. He must serve six months of probation, pay about $1,000 in costs, take an anger
management class, take a victim awareness class and perform 10
hours of community service.

Jones was charged in September with disorderly conduct and
disturbing a school function.

Jones has apologized for his actions and says he will work to
advocate against bullying.

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[UPDATE] 10-14 9:51AM --

Sanford, Florida (AP) --

A Florida father who stormed onto a school bus and threatened children because his 13-year-old disabled daughter had been bullied has been offered a deal by prosecutors that would allow him to avoid jail.

James Willie Jones' attorney said Wednesday, October 13 that under the proposed deal, the father would be placed in a pretrial diversion
program. If that happens, Jones would serve six months of
probation, pay $1,500 in court costs and take anger management
lessons. His record would be wiped away if he successfully
completed the requirements.

Jones was charged last month with disorderly conduct and
disturbing a school function. He later posted $2,000 bail and was
ordered to stay away from county school buses.

Jones has apologized for his actions and says he will work to
advocate against bullying.

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[UPDATE] 3:27PM --

Authorities say a father furious because his 13-year-old daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy had been bullied stormed onto a school bus and threatened the children who teased her.

Attorney Natalie Jackson says the girl in Florida had to be
hospitalized because of stress from the confrontation. The father,
James Willie Jones, was arrested Thursday after he stormed onto the
bus two weeks ago and later released on bail. Jackson says he hopes
to apologize to the children.

A sheriff's office report says Jones got on the bus because
several boys were allegedly bullying his daughter.

Video surveillance from the bus shows Jones asking his daughter
to point out the students accused of harassing her. Jones is heard
threatening those who bully his daughter, as well as the bus
driver.

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Sanford, Florida (AP) --

A central Florida father has been arrested after authorities say he boarded a school bus and threatened children who were picking on his daughter.

James Jones says a student threw an open condom in his daughter's
hair and kids were laughing at her. A video shows him angrily boarding the school bus the next day threatening to kill the boys and the school bus driver.

Jones was charged on September 16 with disorderly conduct and
disturbing a school function. He was later released from Seminole
County Jail.


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  • by Rebecca Location: Orlando, fl on Feb 28, 2012 at 02:58 PM
    This is infuriating! Why didn't they expel those kids from taking the bus. Let the bullies walk to school since they don't know how to behave. I agree that they overpunished the dad and he's supposed to apologize to the little monsters for defending his kid? He didn't mean it if he said he would kill. It's just how he was feeling that his helpless child was being bullied. What parent wouldn't get angry! He just wanted to let them know that he wasn't going to tolerate it. Yeah Dad! There's way too much bullying going on in the schools and the buses.
  • by Vicki Location: Texas on Nov 18, 2010 at 07:40 AM
    Bullying should not be tolerated for any reason. I support the father for taking this matter in his own hands. The bus driver should have had the kids kicked off the bus before it went this far. Shame on the district for letting this happen in the first place. If the girl hadn't been disabled and she had tried to defend herself she would be in trouble. I just bet the ones bullying would still have gotten off free of charges. Wake up, we must be aware now days that the people doing the right thing will be punished. What a sad society we are becoming. I say, if you are being bullied kick their fanny, or be proud you have a parent willing to sacifice for you. Go Big Daddy!!!
  • by jw Location: leon on Nov 14, 2010 at 01:44 PM
    This is plain stupid. The bullys,bus driver and the school get away with what happen to the child. They all should have got what he got.EACH one should have the same punishment/fine. Maybe the father gets anger management.YET I would have done the same. BUT the rest just SUCKS!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    E Location: G on Nov 12, 2010 at 03:59 PM - Gus and GV have no reason the comment. If it had been their daughter, they would have handled it and the bullies and the bus driver would NEVER comment to anyone, including the media & law enforcement, on where/why they were brusied and battered. They would think twice before they bothered another person, disabled or not. I assume the "G" means you are from GA. can't imagine why you ask such a stupid question.
  • by E Location: G on Nov 12, 2010 at 12:59 PM
    WHERE IS GUS AND GV AT ON THIS ONE? I DON'T SEE ANY OF THEIR COMMENTS!
  • by Agog Location: Tally on Nov 12, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    Nothing should have been done to the father; but the bus driver should be suspended or fired. They should have been able to put a stop to the bullying on their bus, and they should be the one to get punished. The school should be at blame too. Force the school to pay for this fathers punishment/fine. Perhaps the bus driver should do his community service for him as well, that was he can be home with the kid. The laws in the country just purely SUCKS......I am disappointed in the way the law handled this case. For shame Florida.....
  • by michelle Location: tally on Nov 12, 2010 at 09:39 AM
    I agree w/the Dad, but as stated, he should not threaten others with harm, as he is also being a bully. NO person no matter what the circumstance should be bullied, and espicailly anyone with a physical or mental handicap. What goes around, comes around, the bullies should put themselves in her shoes and maybe they will think twice. KARMA.....
  • by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2010 at 08:43 AM
    The bus driver and the bullies won this one- right? How do you advocate against "bullying" if you are not allowed to challenge the bully on his own turf? And why is a person driving a school bus that advocates bullying? This driver doesn't care about order on his/her bus just as long as the pay checks keep coming.
  • by soupbone Location: tallahassee florida on Nov 11, 2010 at 05:48 AM
    i hava a son is sixteen and pretty healthy and i will hurt somebody about him no question ask so imagine what i will do to somebody that bothers him if he had a disability so im on the fathers side all the way
  • by Darlene Location: Georgia on Nov 10, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    I have a daughter with Cerebral Palsy and I would have done the same thing and gladly went to jail...Punish the punks that were bullying...Oh, yea, the law is for the criminals..GO FIGURE.. WAY TO GO DAD!!!!!!!!!!
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