Temika McClure, 26, of Conway, was arrested and cited with seven charges including one felony count of second degree battery after she allegedly boarded a Conway school bus and instructed two children to beat another child.
According to a Conway Police Department incident report, McClure was observed on video entering a bus stopped at First and Ingram streets “to find out who was picking on her daughter.”
The report states McClure was told by children on the bus and by the bus driver who the child was that had allegedly caused her five-year-old daughter harm. McClure is seen on video pushing the bus driver out of the way and telling her other daughter to board the bus and “handle this [expletive].”
The report states the girl went to the back of the bus at the instruction of her mother and began hitting the nine-year-old boy.
Another child, possibly a brother of the other two children, boarded the bus according to the report, and also began hitting and beating the child while McClure “encouraged the violence to keep going.”
La Tresha Woodruff, public information officer for the Conway Police Department, said the fight stopped when a man boarded the bus and told the children to stop.
The child McClure said was being bullied had some marks on her where she said the boy had stabbed her with a pencil, Woodruff said.
The children involved in the incident are being reprimanded by the school district, according to Woodruff.
“McClure, while she didn’t commit the acts herself faces charges because she appeared to instruct the children to beat up another child,” Woodruff said.
An officer noted in the incident report that the bus driver “was very disturbed by the incident and hasn’t been able to be reached … ”.
The report states that due to the incident, the driver has quit his job.
Attempts to contact the man have been unsuccessful, an officer wrote.
McClure’s citations are two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, endangering the welfare of a minor, second degree battery, unauthorized entry of a school bus, and disorderly conduct.
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