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Former Wake school bus driver: 'I'm not gonna punch no child in no stomach'

Posted June 23, 2015

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— A former Wake County school bus driver charged with assaulting two children on her bus says she did not touch either child.

“I'm not gonna punch no child in no stomach, that’s crazy,” Jacqueline Dennis said Tuesday.

Dennis, 50, 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 during an incident on May 12, 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 only thing Dennis says she remembers is a kindergartner getting upset at one point.

“He was on the second step and I said ‘where are you going’ and he said ‘leave me alone,’” she said. “I went on and didn’t think anything else of it.”

Dennis was filling in for another school bus driver that day.

The Wake County Public School System placed Dennis on non-driving duty on May 13. She resigned from her job on June 19, three days before a warrant for her arrest was issued.

Dennis said she was blindsided by the charges. Her next court appearance is scheduled for August.

“Two charges on two kids I know nothing about,” she said. “I am not going to lose any sleep over this because I know I did not do this.”


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  • Kenneth Brewer Jun 24, 2015
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    Yeah I may have gotten a little carried away commenting on the first article, telling the DA to make sure and hold her accountable and so on. I get real riled up imaging if my child was getting beaten on a school bus. The article said the incidents did happen ,according to the warrant, and it's hard to imagine 7 and 8 yo boys coordinating their stories and holding up under police investigation, but it could happen, I guess. Innocent until proven guilty.

  • John Dees Jun 24, 2015
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    Oh no you dit'ent. You bettah reconize!

  • Nicolle Leney Jun 24, 2015
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    It doesn't help that WRAL sort of started the bullying by the title. :(

  • Mike Wells Jun 24, 2015
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    I believe everyone should had to work with children and the public to understand the grief that other people are put through. With the way kids are brought up today, parents do not take the time to discipline there kids or teach them manners. Todays parent is considered (fast food) parenting. I believe Ms. Jacqueline Dennis. This child needs to be punished for lying. It is ashame in today's society that we do not believe the accuser because so many before have lied about the situation.

  • Melissa Noderer Jun 24, 2015
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    Good grief...there are a lot of "holier than thou" posters here today.
    Actually, I tend to believe her. There have been may instances where children have lied to keep themselves out of trouble. A bus driver is an easy target--and many parents will not hold their children accountable for their behavior.
    BTW: one of the worst cases in NC history regarding innocent adults accused by children is the Little Rascals Day Care Case in Edenton, NC starting in 1989. Think on it.

  • K Hope Capps Jun 24, 2015
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    I really hope she didn't do that to a child. Is there a video of the incident?

  • Ashley Moore Jun 24, 2015
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    I believe her over a student. As a recent victim of a lying student, I know that kids will say anything to keep from getting into trouble.

  • Gabrielle Williams Jun 24, 2015
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    I believe here. I know parents don't want to think that their little darlings lie. But this kid figured he was going to get in trouble and told a lie on the bus driver.

  • Lee McNeill Jun 24, 2015
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    I really hope these kids are making this up. In which kids do. No at the same time I really wish that all of you bullying her about how she talks get a grip. I pretty sure you all are not the smartest chips off the block. What I am seeing is that because of your own insecurities you have nothing else better to do that talk about her education. I know its you opinion and you have the freedom to say what you want but you also have the responsibility of what you say and clearly your own lives are pretty pathetic that you have to bully people through a public website. So please do us a favor and get a life.

  • Betsy Smith Jun 24, 2015
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    And who do you think is going to drive a school bus? Same level of education for those handling your food, taking care of your elderly parents, or any other low paying job. Suggests a lack of common sense and analytical skills to think otherwise.