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Man Guilty of Assaulting Bus Driver, Not Hate Crime

Posted January 16, 2008

— A jury Wednesday returned a guily verdict against a Cary man accused of assault for driving his car into a Wake County school bus driver last spring, but did not deem the incident a hate crime.

Derry Aimo Schmidt, 46, of 120 Frohlich Drive, was acquitted of committing a hate crime, assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a school employee. The jury found him guilty of misdemeanor assault on a female.

Police said Schmidt drove into the bus-unloading zone at Cary Elementary School on May 23 to drop off his daughter after classes had started and became irate when his car was boxed in by school buses.

Schmidt testified Wednesday that he asked veteran bus driver Jametta Farrar to move her bus so he could leave, and he cursed at her and used a racial slur when she didn't move.

Farrar testified Tuesday that Derry slowly drove his car into her as she stood in the parking lot, knocking her onto the hood of the vehicle. He then pulled her off the car hood and threw her to the ground, repeatedly shouting racial slurs at her, she said.

Schmidt denied driving into Farrar, saying he was parked with his brake on when Farrar sat on his car hood. He testified that he was headed inside the school to ask for help when Farrar moved further up on the hood, so he returned to the car to get her off.

Farrar grabbed his arm as he tried to "gently slide her off the hood," Schmidt said. As she fell to the ground, he said, she clawed at him and began trying to kick him.

No students were on the bus or in the area at the time of the incident.

Schmidt said he used the racial slur only once, and he denied race was a factor in the altercation. When his attorney asked if he grabbed her because she was black, he replied, "No, I did not."

Another bus driver and Cary Elementary faculty members testified Tuesday that they saw Schmidt assault Farrar.

Schmidt was expected to be sentenced next Tuesday, and prosecutors have recommended that he take anger management classes.


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  • many moons Jan 17, 2008

    If he was black shouting at a white nothing would have happen. It would not be on the news or newspaper.
    Oh he would have been in jail by now, no need for putting in the paper.

  • NCMOMof3 Jan 17, 2008

    If yelling racial slurs were considered a hate crime, the jails would be crammed full of people of all races. Racial slurs are not isolated to white people

  • OD Norwood Jan 17, 2008

    Yawning, community service in his future, no time behind bars will be served.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jan 17, 2008

    fiesty, people are not consistent in these racial issues. They are only consistent in wanting people of particular races to get off of every charge they are charged with.

  • fiesty Jan 17, 2008

    Why is it that everybody wants this guy to go to prison but want James Johnson (accesory in MURDER case in Wilson) to go FREE????
    This woman provoked the man BUT he should have handled it differently. Brittany was an innocent teenage girl about to go off to college when she was kidnapped, BRUTALLY raped and murdered. James Johnson need to be in JAIL.

  • circlecity Jan 17, 2008

    If he was black shouting at a white nothing would have happen. It would not be on the news or newspaper.

  • bronzegoddess40 Jan 17, 2008

    Thanks Workerbee, I think we all get a bit stirred because of the media and their job is to hype it up so that it will make the news.

  • workerbee Jan 17, 2008

    Your right bronzegoddess, none of us will know for sure. I can never truely go by what the media says as most times, things are either misquoted, not research thoroughly, and facts left out or taken out of context for reader impact. Sounds to me like the court got it right, though. Both were labelled as arrogant morons but in the end, the guy went one step too far and was found guilty of assult. He should have gotten the principle instead of touching this women.

  • yeahright2 Jan 17, 2008

    The jury got it right, yelling racial slurs does not constitute a hate crime. He had a fair trial and was convicted of assault. He probably will get only a slap on the wrist at sentencing. It looks like the legal system worked this time.

    Do we need to debate who was right anymore? A jury of his peers found him guilty.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jan 17, 2008

    "They should've thrown the racist in jail. PERIOD!"

    To all the people that thinks he should be in jail for calling her a racist term...... what would you say if police started throwing blacks in jail every time they called whites a racist term?

    There would be rioting in the streets and we all know that.

    Down with hate crimes, and down with thought police!