Nevada woman assaults school bus driver as he dropped off her child an hour late due to unruly students
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: An angry mother was arrested after she attacked her child's school bus driver because he was late in dropping off her child. Elizabeth Tanner allegedly assaulted Clark County school bus driver Vicente Linan when he arrived an hour late at the Siena Suites Hotel, where they lived.
The incident took place on August 17. When Linan arrived at the hotel, three angry parents forced their way onto the bus before they attacked him. It was then that 37-year-old Tanner allegedly struck Linan four times and broke his glasses. Another parent unsuccesfully tried to land a blow on the helpless bus driver.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, before the assault took place, Linan had to pull over three times due to some unruly students troubling him. The outlet reported that some they stood up on the moving bus, climbed over seats, pulled down emergency windows and put tape over the security camera. One girl even grabbed the steering wheel saying she was going to drive.
Authorities later showed footage of the altercation to Josh Stevens Elementary School principal Virginia Ratliff, who identified Tanner. A day after the incident, investigators tried to contact her on August 18, but to no success.
School district police detectives monitored Elizabeth's apartment. They found that no adults were seen coming or going even though a child too young for school lived there. On August 31, police found a registered sex offender babysitting her children, as per the outlet.
The sex offender, whose name has been kept anonymous, was charged with failing to change his address within 48 hours. Subsequently, Tanner was arrested and charged with battery on a protected person, child abuse, neglect, destruction of property of another, interfering with a student from attending school and burglary of a motor vehicle. The relation between the sex offender and Tanner has not been revealed.
In a statement, the district said the "school bus is an extension of the classroom." According to the statement, "Students are expected to follow the CCSD Pre-Kindergarten – 12 Student Code of Conduct while on the school bus. Any violations of the code of conduct can be reported to school administration for further action."
Meanwhile, Tanner who is out on a $10,000 bond, is under electronic monitoring and is forbidden from accompanying her child to the bus stop.
In a seperate incident, the New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested three of five suspects, two 20-year-old men and a 15-year-old girl, for beating a 52-year-old taxi driver, Kutin Gyimah, to death. The search for the two missing suspects continues. These include a 13-year-old girl, who is being sought for her alleged role in the attack, and a 16-year-old girl, who isn't expected to be charged with assault but will be treated as a witness, as per the reports.
The assault took place on August 13 around 6.30 am. Gyimah was dropping the five passengers near Arverne Project and Beach 54 Street in the Rockaways when the passengers refused to pay upon arrival and tried to rob him.