Dad Apologizes For Losing Cool On School Bus

September 17th, 2010 by Staff

LAKE MARY, Fla. — A local dad who took matters into his own hands after his daughter told him other children were harassing her has caused some troubles of his own.
James Jones, 42, is facing two misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and disturbing a school function following his tirade on a Lake Mary school bus on Thursday.
Jones, who has bonded out of jail, admitted he is at fault for storming into the school bus, police said.
“It was a mistake. I made that mistake (and) I’m trying to pay for that. I’m worried about my daughter, that’s all I’m worried about,” he said.
Jones told investigators that he was only sticking up for his daughter when other students at Greenwood Lakes Middle School were picking on her.
A surveillance video from the bus showed Jones using profane language as he threatened students who his daughter said had put open condoms on her head and hurt her by smacking her on the back of her head and twisting her ear.
“Now everybody sit down; sit down,” Jones said on the surveillance tape. “Show me which one. Show me which one.”
The video showed Jones’ daughter pointing him in their direction.
“This is my daughter, and I will kill the (expletive) who fought her,” Jones said on the video.
Alonzo Brundidge, 13, said he got scared after Jones started yelling at him and his friends.
“He said he was going to (expletive) the bus driver up first, and he (then) he was going to do it to everybody else,” he said.
His mother, Aileen Brundidge, was beside herself with anger on what happened.
“I was upset to the point where I wanted to cry,” she said.
Jones said he felt bad for threatening the children, but he said there’s nothing else that he could do to protect his daughter.
“I do feel bad. I do feel bad, I told you that. (But) there’s nothing else I could do,” Jones said.
Officials with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said Jones should have called them instead of scaring the students on the school bus.


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