Posted Sept. 26, 2007 – A week after 26-year-old Shayla Muldrow was sentenced to a year in jail for climbing on to her daughter's bus and starting a fight, another mother is catching charges for doing the same thing.
Police spokesman Bill Proffitt tells Bay News 9 in St. Petersburg, Fla., that an angry 34-year-old Karen Barber and her 15-year-old daughter followed a bus that Barber's 12-year-old daughter was on, then honked her horn and waved for the driver to pull over. When the bus stopped, Barber and daughter reportedly jumped out the car and walked up to the bus.
“The bus driver kind of cracked the doors a little bit and she said, 'I'm so and so’s Mom,' she kind of pushed the doors open,” Proffitt said.
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In the bus surveillance video, Barber is seen getting on the bus and storming toward a 13-year-old boy who allegedly punched her 12-year-old son the day before. According to police, Barber and her 15-year-old girl were there to settle the matter.
Barber is also heard yelling at the boy, poking him in the forehead with her finger and slapping him once. Her 15-year-old daughter then gets in on the action and slaps the boy two more times.
Police in St. Petersburg, Fla., tell WTSP-TV that after watching a school bus surveillance video, they had no choice but to book 34-year-old Karen Barber and her 15-year-old daughter.
"The parents were upset and they wanted to press charges," Proffitt said. But in an off-camera interview with Bay News 9, Barber's husband says the 13-year-old boy is a cousin, and it was a family dispute.
Both Barber and her daughter are facing one count each of battery. They face up to six months in jail for losing control on the bus.
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