Parents want monitors on all buses after alleged rape

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Some Rutherford County parents are asking the school district to put adult monitors on all buses after a bus video tape showed a freshman girl being sexually assaulted by an 18-year-old student.

District officials and school board members said they have been flooded with calls, e-mails and stops on the street from parents. But officials say adding monitors would cost more than $3 million annually.

Riverdale High School senior Brandon Stover was arrested on rape and sexual battery charges after the 14-year-old girl accused him of groping her and putting his hand down her pants last Wednesday.

Bus driver Joe Bond has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Police say he took the proper action after learning of the incident.

School officials said they will discuss the issue at the next school board meeting scheduled next Thursday.


Information from: The Tennessean,

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  • by evee Location: tazewell on Mar 1, 2008 at 05:56 PM
    heck yes they need monitors on the buses we need first to protect both sides of the stories. and if we can have them at red lights why not watching our kids no excuses
  • by chris on Mar 1, 2008 at 05:55 AM
    My outrage goes to the other students on the bus not coming to this child"s defense. Our young people have become numbed to what would have been unheard of not too long ago. Shame on the onlookers. They became a participant of the sexual assault vicariously. to think of her crying for help and they did nothing. Shame.Shame.Shame
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2008 at 03:05 PM
    what kind of parents raise a child to think it is ok to act like this. the parents are just as responsible as the young adult
  • by Timbo Location: Blaine, TN on Feb 28, 2008 at 11:10 AM
    You know things are getting bad when you can't even have some peace of mind when your child gets on a schoolbus and something like this happens! I think that kids should have to pass through a metal detector when getting on a schoolbus and be warned that they are on videotape and if anything unlawful occurs that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law! Man! Times have really changed since I was a kid! I'm 46 now and back then, nobody when even think of things like this happening on a school bus!


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