Mother of girl sexually battered on school bus says punishment doesn’t fit crime

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Submitted: Tue, 05/10/2011 - 3:59am
Updated: Tue, 05/10/2011 - 4:07pm

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An incident on a Columbus County school bus Friday has many parents worried about their children’s safety and well being.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says a 15-year-old boy sexually battered a 12-year-old girl on a school bus.

School bus number 48 takes students from Acme-Delco Elementary and Middle schools to and from school every day, but Friday witnesses say one student crossed the line on a dare, and the victim’s mother says not enough is being done about it.

“Had this been a caucasian little girl and a black boy jumped on her, it would have been handled,” the victim’s mother Rochanda Darden said.

Darden says her daughter was fondled on her school bus Friday afternoon.

“Her clothes were all ripped up where he was holding her down, forcing her down,” Darden said.

Darden was told a boy on the bus was dared by his friends to hold her daughter down and put his private parts in her face.

“He got dared by three little boys, Darden said. “They bet him a pair of sneakers that he would not do it, and he did it.”

Darden says she was notified by a parent, not the school, of the incident. When she went up to the school Monday, she was told the boy was suspended for 10 days and that the bus driver was fired. Darden says she doesn’t think the punishment fits the crime.

“This is not the first time he has done this,” she said. “He has done it to several other little girls, and the bus driver knew and did nothing about it.”

Another concerned parent said her child rides the same bus and saw everything. She did not want to be on camera, but she says she cannot believe more isn’t being done. She said is sick of the problems at the school being overlooked.

“There’s never any repercussions whatsoever to what these children done at this middle school,” the parent said.

Darden says she wants to make sure something happens to punish those involved so they learn their lesson.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen next but, I’m going to push it to the fullest limit, because something has got to be done, because I wouldn’t want this to happen to somebody else’s child,” Darden said.

The Columbus County School Board says both the boy involved as well as the bus driver have been dealt with accordingly at this point in the investigation. There is no word on what will happen to the boys who dared the other child, but we’ve been told the video from the bus will be used in the criminal investigation.

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2015 years 8 months ago

God help them.

A 2 year old has better literacy skills than you’ve displayed.

Ad on something this significant, you attempt to detract attention form the real issue.

You should be ashamed; if you’re capable.

2015 years 8 months ago

Being Native American I find the comments to be somewhat out of date. As a Native American I know that both the white man and the black man contributed to the deaths of millions of “MY” people. The first slave in America came from America, an escaped Native American called Squanto who was kidnapped and taken to Europe as an oddity to perform for the wealthy aristocrats of that period. When the Europeans moved to America they also brought slaves with them call Indentured Servants who sold themselves for the cost of passage to America. This trade still continues today to provide cheap labor for underground sweat shops. As for the Black man in America it’s a proven fact that many slave traders were also black buying and selling just like the rest of the races. My point is that what ever color you are there’s a good possibility that former slaves were many different colors not just black and from many different countries not just Africa. So if you want to use the former slave and race card I suggest that you do research to find out the true nature of slavery through out history.

2015 years 8 months ago


2015 years 8 months ago

U know it seems to be everyone is judging this little boy and really no one knows what happen yet their are 2 side to this story and know this this for a fact. the truth will come out soon.For one if it is true what the boy did i am sure his parents will make him do the time ..But this girl is also known as a scholl lier and has been sent home from school for showing to much skin. and this yr alone she has been in iss and oss up to ten days as well so before any goes and JUDGES ANYONE LOOK AT UR LIFE cause when the good lord takes u he is going to be wondering why u were judging someone because none of us have that right this boy comes from good family morals and Disciplined family ..and Christian family and they are hard working parents no sucking off the walfare foodstamp system but i do beleave that some people have a struggle with life and need asst but ur whole life come on now people

Charles Walters
2015 years 8 months ago

Blacks just reinforce the idea of them being on a lower intelligence level when they speak this way. If you want to be treated like you are intelligent then you have to act like it. When you speak like this you sound like a bunch of fools with no education and no brains.