A Coal Mountain Elementary School bus was delayed Monday afternoon after a parent reportedly stepped onto the bus steps and refused to exit during a stop on its route, according to school officials.
FCS spokesperson Jennifer Caracciolo said a mother stepped onto the bus on Monday, Aug. 15, and “demanded” the driver let her children off “at a location other than the .… assigned stop,” in the Bridgetowne subdivision off Browns Bridge Road in north Forsyth, which violates safety regulations of Forsyth County Schools.
Caracciolo explained that for safety reasons, the district does not allow students to get off the bus at any stop other than the one assigned for that child. The district also doesn’t allow adults, parents or guardians onto a school bus.
Two Forsyth County Schools transportation staff members were on the bus and followed district safety measures, according to Caracciolo. When the mother continued to refuse to leave the bus, the staff members contacted the transportation dispatch office over radio.
A transportation supervisor and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the scene.
“The deputies arrived at the scene and were able to de-escalate the situation,” said Stacie Miller, spokesperson for FCSO. “She was able to get her children off the bus, and the bus was sent to finish the route.”
The school district sent a notification to parents explaining the delay, which was about 10-15 minutes.
Miller said the parent involved was not arrested after the incident, explaining that “deputies have the discretion on when to make an arrest.”