Sharpsburg Cop Resigns Over School-Bus Traffic Stop
Officer Travis Parker stopped a Southern Nash High School bus Feb. 22 after, he said, one of the students aboard was making faces and obscene gestures at him.Posted — Updated
Police Chief Barry S. Bissette said an internal investigation found Officer Travis Parker did not follow proper procedure when he stopped the bus on Feb. 22. It was transporting students from Southern Nash High School.
Bissette said Parker pulled the bus over after a student made faces and an obscene gesture at him. Parker's intention was to remove the student from the bus and lecture him about respect and manners, Bissette said.
As he put the first student in the front seat of his patrol car, Parker said others on the bus started yelling and using profanity. He said he decided to go back on the bus and remove two other students.
Parker charged one of those students, Dessie Lewis, 18, with disturbing the peace. Bissette said Monday that charge would be dropped.
"You don't stop a bus and open the back door up and snatch no kid out of there," he said.
The bus driver also resigned, citing stress from the incident. Students on the bus were sent to talk with a school counselor about it.
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