Police: School bus driver locks bus doors after parent threatens child

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GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Police say a Berkeley County school bus driver locked her bus doors Wednesday morning after a man boarded the bus and threatened a seven-year-old boy.

According to authorities, the man got on the bus at the Churchill Apartment complex and claimed the boy assaulted his son the previous day on the bus.

The mother of the accused bully said the man went too far.

"If I don't hurt my kids, I'm not gonna let nobody else hurt my kids," said Karisa McClendon, the boy's mother. "He was threatening my child, banging on his seat, telling him to get up, get up out of the seat. 'I'm gonna knock you, I'm gonna hit you back. Let me show you what it feels like' and my son was a corner crying and scared."

Police say the angry father refused to get off the bus. The driver locked the doors until officers arrived.

"He's only seven. He cannot defend himself toward a grown man, an adult," McClendon said.

Bob Stevens is Director of Intervention and Prevention for the Charleston County School District. Stevens says parents need to exercise control if they believe their child is being bullied.

"We understand that child is the most important thing to that parent and we understand their feelings, but they really need to let the professionals do their jobs," Stevens said.

Goose Creek Police say an investigation is underway and so far no charges have been filed.

The man accused of threatening the boy on the bus declined to comment.

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