Mom accused of trespassing, assaulting student on school bus

Latrice McAllister (Photo courtesy Camden County Sheriff's Department).

CAMDEN COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — A mother in Camden County was arrested Friday, after she was accused of boarding a school bus and assaulting a 7-year-old student.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office got a call from the county bus garage about an incident that happened around 7:30 a.m. on school bus #76. The bus driver, Regina Gillikin, said it all occurred when she stopped to pick up a student in the 1100 block of North Carolina Highway.

Gillikin said the student’s mother, Latrice Junell McAllister, told her she wanted her son moved to another seat on the bus. The school district has a policy of assigned seats to help with student safety, in the case of a vehicle crash. So, Gillikin told McAllister she couldn’t move the child.

According to Gillikin, the mother said she would move her child herself, boarded the bus and started walking to the back of the bus. Gillikin said she warned McAllister that she was trespassing, but the mother allegedly ignored her.

A 7-year-old student, who was seated in an aisle seat, said McAllister pushed her face toward the window of the bus with an open hand.

Gillikin said McAllister went to her son, moved him to another seat and then left. The bus continued on its route.

McAllister, 28, was arrested and charged with assault on a child under 12 years old, and second-degree trespassing. She was released from custody on a $3,000 secured bond. She is expected to appear in Camden County Criminal District Court June 19.

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