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Cary Dad Faces Assault Charges After School Bus Confrontation

Posted May 23, 2007
Updated May 24, 2007

— A Cary man faces a number of charges after he allegedly attacked a Wake County school bus driver Wednesday morning in the parking lot of Cary Elementary School.

Derry Aimo Schmidt, 46, of 120 Frohlich Dr., was arrested and charged with three misdemeanor charges of assault and a Class I felony charge of a hate crime in connection with the case.

On his way to the Wake County Jail, Wednesday afternoon, Schmidt told WRAL that the "charges are unwarranted" and "the allegations are false."

Cary Police Capt. Dave Wulff said Schmidt drove into the bus-unloading zone of the school to drop off his child at about 8:30 a.m., instead of the designated area, and was blocked in by the school bus.

The school's principal said Schmidt had been late dropping off his child for school. A sign indicates the area to be for buses only between 7:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Schmidt became upset and got into an argument with the bus' driver, Jametta Lynette Farrar, 35, of Raleigh, and assaulted her, according to an incident report.

Wulff said Schmidt got out of his car, Farrar got off the bus, and he then grabbed her.

"We have descriptions of a shaking, and (he) then threw her to the ground," Wulff said. "Then (he) got into his car to drive forward and drove into her."

"When he hit me, I fell back on the front part of his car, and I sat there," Farrar said. "After that, he said, 'Get off my car,' and by then, he just got out of the car. He came, grabbed me, he jerked me off of his car and shoved me to the ground. And then, he started pulling me out of the way of his car. And I laid there."

No students were on the bus or in the area at the time of the incident. The school sent a letter home to parents Wednesday afternoon talking about it.

Farrar, a bus driver for the school system for 15 years, was taken to WakeMed Cary for her injuries and was later released. She said she was sore and in some pain and planned to take some time off of work to recover.

Witnesses told police that during the confrontation, Schmidt was also yelling racial insults at Farrar, who is black.

Schmidt was in the Wake County Jail Wednesday evening under a $175,000 bond.

If convicted, he faces a maximum of 150 days in jail for each misdemeanor charge and three to 12 months for the felony charge.

Under conditions of his bond, he is ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim and to stay 100 yards away from all Wake County schools and all Wake County school buses.

Court records show he has no prior convictions of assault.


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  • firstgenchevy May 24, 2007

    This says it all right here "A Cary man faces a number of charges after he ALLEGEDLY....allegedly attacked a Wake County school bus driver" Just to make sure you got that he ALLEGEDLY attacked someone, sorry, is it just me?

  • dfmlythr May 23, 2007


    Dummy-head and racial slurs are two totally different words, you can't justifiy nor sugar coat what happened. Please.........

  • cjwesc May 23, 2007

    Just two more cents that don't add up to much of anything.

    Any crime against another person is a hate crime.

    Bust the guy HARD on the assault and the other charges but "hate crime" is not justified in this case. A planned attack or a mob beating on a random person because of color or creed yes, but not this.
    Legislating equality by stating and using the conviction that persons are inherently different and need special treatment is Jim Crow from a different angle but the same premise.
    Also, those quick to say that this reflects on any geographical area or social strata are guilty of racial and social bigotry themselves.
    Disagree or not but think before you flame, be able to defend your stand or your just as guilty as those who do hate blindly with no reason.

  • Tax Man May 23, 2007

    Agreed this man needs serious anger management skills. But to charge him with a Felony "Hate" Crime is extreme overcharging. A Hate crime is like a lynching or some very serious crime based solely upon a hatred of the race - not merely calling someone a racial slur. The police should not overcharge people and the DA should immediately drop the felony charges and proceed with the basic assault misdemeanors. Don't know if this man has a record, but would imagine he does not - and so probation with some anger management classes, restitution and community service should suffice. Saw the driver on the news tonight and she sure sounds like she is going to "milk" this baby - probably retire on disability with a pension!

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr May 23, 2007

    Alexa: "Witnesses told police that during the confrontation, Schmidt was also yelling racial insults at Farrar, who is black."

    Witnesses, no witnesses? Any takers?

  • storyteller May 23, 2007

    you think he went just a tad overboard? hang him out to dry and make an example.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr May 23, 2007

    Glenn, from the NC attorney general's website: "In North Carolina, a hate crime is defined as a crime or violent incident perpetrated against someone SOLELY because of his or her race, religion, or national origin/ethnicity."

  • bus driver May 23, 2007

    "It's bad enough these bus drivers have to put up with out of control kids. (now they have to put up with their unfit parents too. It's not worth it)."

    Well said jim2dart.

    Also, most schools have cameras posted near entrances, so possibly the altercation was recorded. If so, all questions will be answered.

  • The Professor May 23, 2007

    The bus driver was on the 1100 news. Something doesn't add up here. If the guy was there after 0830 then he was not violating any rules. The driver described the parent as appearing angry, I would have closed the bus door, what does she do, she gets off the bus, doesn't sound like she was scared. The other thing, if he was in a rage, why was she standing so near his vehicle, when he got behind the wheel I belive I would have gotten the heck out of there. Sounds like she was part of the confrontation. All that being said, I wasn't there, I hope the actual truth comes out.

  • bigjim835 May 23, 2007

    Another college graduate who had to wait for a bus to move. He felt he did not have time to wait and instead of backing out of the area he decided to show just how macho he was. Just like most folks that live in the Community of Arrogrant Relocated Yankees he must have felt he was better than the bus driver. I am just sorry the bus driver was not a male weight lifter that could have shown this fine upstanding father what the pavement felt like. Maybe when he gets out of jail he would like to try this stun again with someone in his own weight class. Just another case of class eliteism. Wounder what this guys wife thinks of him tonight.