CCSO: Surveillance video shows students throwing rocks, food from school bus
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County deputies say eight students have been arrested after they were caught on surveillance video throwing rocks and food at passing cars while on their school bus.
According to an incident report, Durham Bus Services notified Septima Clark Academy that several students on bus 529 threw items at a passing vehicles on May 8, causing damage to a truck. Officers arrived on the scene to find a dent on victim's passenger side roof/window area and "food splashed across the grill, hood, and windshield."
Deputies say none of the students on the bus admitted to throwing things at the truck.
Officers say surveillance footage from two of the bus' three security cameras revealed which students were involved in the incident.
The report states 17-year-old Kayla Gilliard was spotted getting on the bus with a "pizza box full of rocks," while a 16-year-old female student brought a "bag of food items." Multiple students on the bus then reportedly began to yell profanities at their 78-year-old bus driver as he tried to give them instructions.
The 16-year-old student is allegedly heard on video saying she was going to "chop some cars," and to wait until they got on the interstate. Surveillance footage then shows 17-year-old Akeele Simmons use Wite-Out correction fluid to cover the lens of one of the bus' three security cameras.
Once on the interstate, several students are caught on video throwing rocks and food at passing cars, while yelling at the bus driver to "drive the (expletive) bus."
Authorities say one of the students then threw a large rock out the window, hitting the victim's truck. The victim then tried to get the bus to pull over.
When the bus driver tried to call in his location on the radio, another student, 19-year-old Shalaine Jenkins, is spotted on camera attempting to take the radio from him before eventually returning to her seat. The 16-year-old student then reportedly threw coleslaw at the victim's truck as he was passing the bus, while a second student threw another rock at the vehicle.
Authorities say video shows the group of students throwing the rest of items out of the vehicle in an attempt to "get rid of the evidence," and commenting that they "were not going to jail for it."
Deputies say the damage to the truck was estimated at $950.
Kayla Gilliard Akeele Simmons, Shalaine Jenkins, Anton Simmons, Maurice Deveaux, Domonique Smith, Jordan Jasper, and Roberta Ravenell were all arrested and face a combined total of 16 warrants. The eight students were charged as adults.
The sheriff's office says the 16-year-old was arrested on Thursday for malicious damage to person property and interfering with the operation of a school bust. The juvenile was released back in to custody of her parents.
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