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Bus Driver Assault Nets Man House Arrest

Posted January 22, 2008

— A Cary man convicted of assaulting a Wake County school bus driver last spring was placed on house arrest Tuesday and ordered to attend anger management classes.

Derry Aimo Schmidt, 46, of 120 Frohlich Drive, was sentenced to 75 days in jail, which was suspended to 25 days under house arrest. He also was ordered to undergo a mental examination and attend anger management classes and was told to stay off Wake County public school property unless he obtains a principal's permission.

A jury last week found Schmidt guilty of assault on a female in connection with a May 23 incident outside Cary Elementary School.

One reason Superior Court Judge Leon Stanback ordered the mental exam and the anger management classes was that jurors wrote him a note last week saying they thought Schmidt could pose a danger to society if he didn't get his temper under control.

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

Schmidt testified during the three-day trial 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 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 she grabbed him and tried to kick him as he moved her off the hood and she fell to the ground.

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

Jurors acquitted Schmidt of committing a hate crime during the incident. They also found him not guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a school employee.

Schmidt apologized to Farrar at his sentencing for using the racial slur, but he maintained that race wasn't a factor in the altercation.

"I was angry that day. I think anyone would have been angry," he said after the sentencing. "I don't think I have an anger management problem."

He went on to accuse Farrar of lying about the incident before apologizing again about the racial slur.

"She was extremely hostile, belligerent, antagonistic," he said. "I yelled at her. I used curse words. I used the 'N-word.' I publicly apologized for that. I'm sorry, Jametta. I'm sorry to everybody in North Carolina. I regret having made that statement."

Farrar said she doesn't think Schmidt's apology was sincere.

"He continued to lie about it. He continued to (say) the same thing that did not happen," she said.

As part of his house arrest, Schmidt will be allowed to meet with his attorney. He has a pending legal dispute with the state Department of Transportation, which fired him as a traffic engineer after his arrest last spring.


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  • many moons Jan 23, 2008

    First, anytime man attacks a woman is less than a man (black or white).I read the N/O link and and it said nothing about any witnesses agreeing with what he said happen.And for the poster who said that the witnesses just came forward (the courts found them creditable ,so what's the problem)

  • ncguy Jan 23, 2008

    Time to move dude- You will never get a fair shake in this town again.

  • G-Dawg Jan 23, 2008

    outyoleague: I see GaFan is back to his ways....classic

    And what ways are these? Explaining to you all that the story in there is onesided?

  • G-Dawg Jan 23, 2008

    swwrb: "First of all, the bus driver didn't block the guy in. The guy was illegally parked in the driveway that buses use to enter and exit the shool grounds. His vehicle which shouldn't have been there got blocked between two buses leaving students at the school."

    Obviously someone else didn't read the entire case. The school principle even admitted that the parent WAS in the right place to drop his child off, because it was after 8:30am, while there was no bus activity going on, all the bus drivers were in their bus, sitting there. PLEASE CHECK IT OUT

  • Evil one Jan 22, 2008

    Rev Rb, I think you are inventing a version that has never been reported. Thats ok, you're a reverend

  • likemenow Jan 22, 2008

    RE:"But who's to say the woman didn't provoke it with her mouth"..so it's okay to backhand your wife if she "sasses ya"...your trailer door is wiiiiide open

  • likemenow Jan 22, 2008

    RE:"Yeah, there shouldn't have been a jury in the first place. They really should charge the bus driver with destruction to private property and simple assault." By GAfunk...get ready for the racist rant from this guy...oops, too late...i bet if this guy had run over HIS wife, he would be a little more p-o'ed

  • Common Sense Man Jan 22, 2008

    "I'm thinking the mental exam and A/M class will do him some good."

    Probably not. The jerk will go because he has to, not because he wants to change his behavior.

  • patriotsrevenge Jan 22, 2008

    Some of you misinterpreted my earlier post about playing the victim card. I made the statement that blacks had been oppressed for hundreds of years, which they have, but I wasn't saying we should be sorry for them because of their past. I was saying that going by some of your posts (particularly those from our Georgian friends), that it seems you think YOU are victims. If you think you are treated badly as a white person...get over yourself.

  • Pharmboy Jan 22, 2008

    Another quality citizen...both of them. The guy is a total idiot. He had a nice job, family in Cary, prob. a hot wife (why are beautiful women attracted to azzholes??), and now he is unemployed and under house arrest. I hope the bus driver does not perpetuate the problem and sue the school system and the cops for not being there.