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Wake school bus driver resigns after being charged with assaulting students

Posted June 22, 2015

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— A Wake County school bus driver has resigned after allegedly assaulting two children on her bus, the Wake County Public School System confirmed Monday.

Jacqueline Harris Dennis, 50, of 5608 Hilltop Road in Fuquay-Varina, was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of assault on a child under 12. Dennis was released from the Wake County jail after posting a $15,000 bond.

Dennis is accused of punching a 7-year-old boy in the stomach, twisting his arm, grabbing the back of his neck and shoving him off her school bus, according to an arrest warrant. She is also accused of shoving an 8-year-old boy into the metal frame of the school bus window. The incidents happened on May 12, according to the warrant.

Dennis was hired as a school bus driver in October 2012 and was placed on non-driving duty on May 13, the school system said. She resigned from her job on June 19, three days after a warrant for her arrest was issued.

Dennis could not be reached for comment Monday night.

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  • Paul Jones Jun 23, 2015
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    If you resign, you do not get unemployment benefits.

  • Jewel Lee Jun 23, 2015
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    "It takes a village to raise a child".. This old famous quote rings so true. But one problem in today's society is that it is no longer acceptable for anyone to correct or discipline other peoples children. People think best to "Leave the disciplining to the parents" and sometimes there are good for nothing parents who do not discipline or teach their children squat for morals, which is why there are so many good for nothing youngins running the streets. I seriously doubt that this womans actions were carried out for no good reason. When I was a kid, any adult had permission to teach me right from wrong, and use a back hand, belt or switch to do it if needed. And if I was bad and had to get whipped by some other grown up, then you best believe my mama would whoop me again for having to get whipped or for being bad while in someone else's care. I knew I'd have another whoopin waiting for me at home.

  • Barbara Sheppard Jun 23, 2015
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    I agree. My first thought was that she did not assault these children for no reason. Granted, she went too far and should not have treated them as she did. But I would like to know what the kids did in order for her to act this way. That needs to be reported. There are two sides to this story and we are only getting one.

  • Edward Anderson Jun 23, 2015
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    100% agree. I very much doubt her actions were anywhere near as bad as the "victims" are making them out to be. I hope there is video footage of what happened, but probably not. Couldn't pay me enough to be a school bus driver these days.

  • Jewel Lee Jun 23, 2015
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    I agree!! Now I am not nor would I ever want to be a bus driver, nor would I ever take on a position to oversee other peoples children because I know I would be sitting in the same hot seat as this woman. I would put money on a bet that this bus driver was probably NOT the bully or the culprit in this situation.

  • Belinda Warrick Jun 23, 2015
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    She wouldn't have resigned if she was innocent and there is absolutely no excuse for punching a 7 or 8 yr old in the stomach and shoving the other into the window frame. She absolutely should be fired and not allowed to resign if she did these things.

  • Rudy Rowell Jun 23, 2015
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    Have any of you ever driven a School bus for a living? No? I didn't think so. those innocent little children are far from it. they are rude and disrespectful, They are defiant, and will call child protective services at the drop of a hat because you expect them to behave and act like they have some common courtesy, and lets not forget the Bullies that rule the bus with an iron fist. you need to Google search School bus camera and watch a few YouTube videos... I would gladly dig ditches for a living that drive a Wake County School Bus again. in fact I work out transportation for my own kids so they seldom ride the bus. why don't you teach these little hoodlums some respect for authority and maybe adults wont reach a breaking point. Now that she has been arrested the story will be told...

  • Jim Buchanan Jun 23, 2015
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    It is, agreed! But do you say that to EVERYONE?

  • Eddie Brock Jun 23, 2015
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    Enough with the race baiting. Its unnecessary and distasteful.

  • Sallie Mae Jun 23, 2015
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    This woman should not be allowed to resign... She should be outright FIRED....
    Why is she allowed to resign ?

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