SANFORD, Fla. - A father furious because his 13-year-old daughter, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had been bullied stormed onto a school bus and threatened the children who teased her, deputies said.
The girl had to be hospitalized because of stress from the confrontation. The father, James Willie Jones, was arrested Thursday and later released on bail. He hopes to apologize to the children involved in the Sept. 3 incident, said his attorney, Natalie Jackson.
"The little girl was scared to go to school. There has to be something done about school bullying," Jackson said.
Jones told deputies he boarded the school bus because several boys had placed an open condom on his daughter's head, smacked the back of her head, twisted her ear and shouted rude comments at her, according to the sheriff's office report.
Video surveillance from the bus shows Jones asking his daughter to point out the students accused of harassing her. Jones is heard threatening those who bully his daughter, and he also threatens the bus driver.
Jones then steps off the bus. Children are heard laughing.
School spokeswoman Regina Murray Klaers said in an e-mail that Jones had not expressed his concerns to school administrators. The incident that apparently upset Jones involved another girl, not his daughter, Klaers said. Appropriate action was taken in that incident, Klaers said.
Jones was charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing a school function and posted $2,000 bail.