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Deputies charge parent who boarded school bus, made threats

Posted September 25, 2008
Updated September 26, 2008

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— Robeson County sheriff's deputies arrested a man who they said made threats on a school bus Tuesday afternoon.

Lt. Kathy Torre said that Patrick Locklear, 36, of Pine Forest Drive in Maxton, boarded a bus carrying students from R.B. Dean Elementary School after his child reported being hit by another child on the bus.

Children on the bus told their parents that Locklear stood in front of the bus, then boarded when it stopped. "He was on the bus long enough to make threats,'' Torre said.

The children said Locklear threatened them and claimed to have a gun.

Locklear was charged Thursday afternoon with trespassing, impeding a school bus and communicating threats. He was released on a $5,000 bond.

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  • sunshine1224 Sep 26, 2008

    I AGREE THAT THREATING THE KIDS ON THE BUS WAS NOT A GOOD OPTION..WAT KIND OF AN EXAMPLE DO HE THINK HE IS SETTING FOR HIS CHILD? REMEMBER KIDS DO WAT THEY SEE THE PARENTS DO. HE SHOULD HAVE CONTACTED THE SCHOOL AND GOT ALL THE INFORMATION BEFORE CHARGING ON THE BUS. IF HIS KID WAS TELLING THE TRUTH,,THEN HE SHOULD HAVE LET THE SCHOOL ACT ON THE INFORMATION AT HAND,,,WE HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS WITH PPL AND GUNS.

  • ConcernedNCC Sep 26, 2008

    I don't think they set bail that high for threatening to kill someone or armed robbery.

  • doubletrouble Sep 26, 2008

    The bus driver is in control of maintaining order on the bus. It IS a hard job, trying to keep an eye on things as well as watch the road, thus keeping all the children safe. If a complaint is given to the bus driver about abusive "picking" via a group of students, it should be those students who lose their privilage to ride, plain and simple. Willing to bet that once the parents of these children have to belly up and take their own kids to school, or stay out of work-- they will take care of the issue before their child ever steps foot back on the bus. The bus driver, not the principal should have the "who does/who doesn't ride" decision. That puts the driver in complete control of the situation from the pickup point, to the school, to back home...and is basically the babysitter from those points of the day. Make it strict enough, that no bad behavior will be tolerated or you are off...and most kids will sleep during the ride to/from school.

  • WilloWSnapper Sep 25, 2008

    he got more bail then the kids who beat the heck out of the kid in raleigh

  • familyfour Sep 25, 2008

    There is no justice when it comes to the NC School System because of the threat of legal action by parents.
    memonster

    Perfecttly said, and an understatement all the same.

    Maybe Dad should have let Mom handle this one?

  • GWALLY Sep 25, 2008

    Some more of that social interaction the home schooled children are missing...???!!!!

  • seeingthru Sep 25, 2008

    losing it will never help your case right or wrong and in this incident sets a bad example to impressionable kids--some role model........

  • Amusedone Sep 25, 2008

    "Children play and "hit" each other."
    Are you kidding me? While agree kids sometimes hit each other during play...if one kid is "playing" by hitting someone that does not want to be hit, it is still bullying and assault.

    I don't know all the facts of this case, but we had an incident where two boys were bullying my son on the bus. We complained to the bus driver, the school counselor and the principal. NOTHING was ever done (even though my son had his notebooks torn apart, his clothes ripped, and a black eye over the course of 3 months). We finally had to just start driving our son back and forth to school.

  • kkevin7048 Sep 25, 2008

    Parent- 0 Bully-1

  • keeptraveling Sep 25, 2008

    And you know this man well enough to judge him on what he deserves? You being a Christian should know the only One who can do that. StefanyJoy

    And You obviously don't know the good reverend at all. HE'S A SHE.

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