(CMR) A parent is now facing an criminal investigation after threatening a child with a pair of scissors on a Clifton Hunter High school bus yesterday morning on Frank Sound Road.
Cayman Marl Road source Megan Ritch witnessed part of the incident and then took to her Facebook page calling on parents to set an example for children to follow. Immediately after witnessing the incident first hand she posted a video calling the incident “some of the most repulsive activity I have witnessed for a long time in the Cayman Islands.
She admits that bullying is an issue that parents may have to deal with but does not condone parents taking the matter into their own hands. When she spoke to CMR she provided some background information on what occurred.
According to Ritch, on Wednesday morning she left home later than usual and two of her daughters had already caught the bus to take them to their high school. About 10 minutes into her drive and within a short distance of the North Side play field she drove up on a bus and noticed that it had the flashers on in the middle of the road. Sensing something was wrong she took a closer look and saw and kids who appeared to be standing up inside “pressed against the backdoor of the bus”.
At that point she realized that it was the bus her daughters would have been on and saw a woman coming off the bus shouting at some kids and calling them uneducated. That woman then went to her car and
“pulled something out and showed it to the kids on the buss telling them she had this for him and his father.”
At that stage the bus driver was off the police phoning the police for assistance. The lady then went back on the buss to call another lady who apparently was still on the bus all this time and they both left in a car before the police arrived. She decided to remove her two children from the bus and drove them directly to school herself.
Apparently, the parent got on the bus to threaten a child and what Ritch witnessed was the tail end of that incident. Reports are that the parent’s child may have been subjected to bulling but Ritch maintains this is not the way to handle the situation and called for parents to set better examples for their children. She stated:
“Parents, angry parents, loaded on to the school bus apparently because there was a bullying incident and they felt the best way to go about it was to threaten and attack the other child”.
She wondering what kind of example are parents setting when they go on a school bus with a weapon to threaten another child. She was concerned that the matter could have easily gotten out of hand with an entire school bus of children at risk.
During the video she shot right after the incident you can see that Ritch was viably upset and she stated:
“adults like act like adults … what kind of example are we setting? My kids were on that school bus and they should not have been exposed to that kind of behavior this morning”
Police have confirmed that the incident was reported to them and the matter is currently under investigation by them and school officials. A update should be forthcoming soon from the ministry.