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Mom ordered to serve jail time for assaulting bus driver


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CULPEPER, Va. — Last week, a judge ordered a 33-year-old woman to serve 10 days in jail for assaulting a Culpeper County Public Schools bus driver in December, the Star Exponent reports.

As previously reported, the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office said that the female bus driver was transporting elementary students when the incident occurred. Bethany Rudd, the mother of a student, allegedly approached the driver and accused her of threatening to kill her son.

Rudd had allegedly yelled at the bus driver and tried to obstruct the bus door from closing. The bus driver reportedly asked the mother multiple times to get off of the bus.

Police said that at one point, Rudd’s arm was caught in the closing bus door. When the driver opened the door, Rudd allegedly hit her in the face.

Now, the Star Exponent reports that Rudd was found guilty of assault and battery against bus driver Helen Gibson, who retired on Dec. 31.

Retired Judge Steven Helvin sentenced Rudd to 30 days in jail before suspending 20 days.

“I’ve been a judge a long time, and I’ve seen plenty of cases,” Helvin said prior to the sentencing, according to the Star Exponent. “I don’t enjoy hearing cases like this. For your behavior, you deserve to go to jail.”

However, Helvin allowed Rudd to file for an appeal, enabling her to avoid jail time for now.

Rudd is scheduled to appear in court on April 15 for the assault and battery charge against her. 


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You would think that with the shooting incident of a bus driver in Tennessee and Alabama that the lives of the bus driver would be considered here. The madness has got to stop. If we knew about all the incidents involving parents boarding school buses and threatening the driver we wouldn't have anyone apply for a school bus driver position. Pretty scary. . .

Connie    |    Jul 24, 2013 05:26 AM

I THOUGHT IT WAS A FEDERAL OFFENSE TO ENTER A SCHOOL BUS WITHOUT HAVING PERMISSION WHY WOULD THEY DROP THOSE CHARGERS WEIRD THINK THAT SHE WILL DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS AGAIN YOU BET SHE WILL AND YOU ARE SO RIGHT L. JOHNSON I DO BELIEVE IF THE BOY HEARD KILL IT PROBABLY WAS “YOU NEED TO STAY IN YOUR SEATS YOU COULD GET KILLED IF I HAD TO HIT THE BRAKE OF MAKE A TURN” SOUNDS MORE LIKE WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN SAID NEVERTHELESS THERE IS NOT EXCUSE FOR BOARDING A SCHOOL BUS AND BEHAVING LIKE A CRAZY PERSON

JMONTELLO    |    Feb 21, 2013 09:06 AM

Yes! send her to jail. How can you expect children to solve problems peaceably when the ones who are supposed to be their role models acts in such a manner. Teaching is more than talking, it's showing by example. No wonder our kids act the way they do. We're showing them how!

L Johnson    |    Feb 20, 2013 06:58 AM

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