A viral video shows a Kentucky father him boarding a Jefferson County Public School bus and threatening the students.
“I wanted to clear up everything that was said and apologize to everybody that I offended, all the kids and parents,” Delvantae King told WAVE 3. “I want to apologize to JCPS. I want to apologize to the school bus driver also, because at the end of the day, I did act out of character.”
The father reached out to WAVE News on Tuesday to provide context as to why he went on the bus and yelled at the kids on it.
King says his 9-year-old daughter has been a victim of bullying for several months, starting in the spring of 2022. He says she’s been verbally teased, had things thrown at her and physically attacked.
King waited for his daughter at the bus stop last Friday, got on the bus and told the students on the bus, in a profanity-ridden address saying he would “flip this whole bus” if any of the students touched his daughter again.
“I just feel like it’s just so much,” he said. “It is. It’s just too much. Like, I was even starting thinking about home schooling my kids at this point. That’s not even fair for my child, for my kids, to even have do that.”
Carter Elementary Principal Jamie Wyman sent the following email to parents after the incident:
Dear Families of Bus #2047 Students,
I wanted to let you know about an incident that happened on your student’s bus this afternoon. While at a bus stop, an adult and a girl boarded Bus #2047 threatening the students on the bus. The bus driver ushered the two non-Carter Elementary people off the bus but they got in a vehicle and followed the bus. Students reported seeing the occupants of the vehicle display a gun while following Bus #2047.
Police and JCPS Security were notified and the bus driver was told to return to our school and not make any more stops. We had students wait on the bus until LMPD and JCPS Security arrived. They are investigating this incident.
I wanted to thank all of you for agreeing to come pick up your child from school. We feel this was the safest and best way for your children to get home today. I also want to thank the bus driver for his quick action and for stepping up to keep all of our kids safe.
I understand that your child may be suffering some trauma from this incident. I hope that you will discuss what happened with your child and reach out to our counselor who will be available to talk to students on Monday.
The safety of our students and staff is our top priority at Carter Elementary. Feel free to contact me at 502-485-8225.