Lavonia Woman Charged After Boarding School Bus

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

A Lavonia woman faces charges after she allegedly boarded a Franklin County School bus and confronted the driver.

It happened Monday at about 7 a.m. on Poole Street in Lavonia.

Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said that 36-year-old Tabitha Mitchell Simmons of Grogan Street was angry because the bus did not wait for her son.

At that point, Carlisle said Simmons allegedly boarded the school bus and began yelling at the driver.

According to Carlisle, she held the bus up for nine minutes while she got on the bus, yelled at the bus driver, and used profanity at the bus driver in front of the students.

After Simmons left, the driver called the Franklin County School System Transportation Department and reported the incident. They, in turn, called authorities.

Carlisle emphasized it is illegal for anyone to board a school bus who is not authorized to be there, especially in light of recent events in Connecticut and just this past week in Alabama.

Simmons was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Disruption Or Interference Of School Operations of a High and Aggravated Nature.

She was taken to the Franklin County Detention Center and released on a $1,000 bond.