LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – Some Lowndes County parents are concerned for their children’s safety after deputies say Tyquan Lucious brutally assaulted a school bus driver, as he was making his last stop in Artesia late last week.
“I think they should have like security or something on the bus, or someone to help while the children are getting on and off the bus,” said parent Tameka Brown.
Now parents say they want to see changes – including family members of the victim, who asked not to be identified.
“It’s hard for the bus drivers to drive, and then manage any disorderly conduct that’s occurring behind them,” said one family member.
This is the second time a Lowndes County school bus driver has been attacked this year, but Superintendent Lynn Wright feels confident in current security measures.
“I don’t know that we need to necessarily implement any changes,” Wright said. ”Some of the policies that we have, or the policies we have right now seem to be working pretty effectively.”
Wright says no one’s allowed on the bus, while there are students on board, unless they get permission from the driver or the school district.
He’s since reviewed surveillance video of the incident, and says the bus driver was just trying to maintain control in an unruly situation.
“There were some phone calls that were made from the students, who were upset with the bus driver, and then some people had received a phone call, arrived at the bus stop, entered the bus, and the bus driver was struck. he had no idea it was coming,” Wright said.
The bus driver was then left with a fractured jaw, broken nose, and black eye.
It’s a violent act parents say could’ve been prevented.
“This never should’ve happened, because this bus driver was our father, he’s a husband, he’s a grandfather, he’s a friend, and he’s a really good person, and this really never should have happened, and we hope that this doesn’t happen again,” a family member said.
Deputies tell WCBI they’re charging Lucious with aggravated assault on a school bus driver, which is a felony.
Wright doesn’t believe it’ll be too long before the bus driver will go back to work.
He has surgery, Tuesday.