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26 Sep 2010

Tearful Fla. dad ‘sorry’ for storming school bus

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September 26, 2010 Category: Stateside Posted by:

By Antonio Gonzalez

Associated Press


ABOVE PHOTO: James Willie Jones, left center and his wife, Deborah McFadden Jones, right center, walk into a news conference with their attorneys, Natalie Jackson, left, and Deiana Brown to address reporters at the Spirit of Truth Worship Ministries in Lake Mary, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. Jones spoke about the events that transpired on a public school bus involving his disabled daughter on Sept. 3.


(Photo/Reinhold Matay)


LAKE MARY, Fla. — A Florida father wept as he apologized at a news conference for storming onto a school bus and threatening children onboard because his 13-year-old disabled daughter had been bullied.


James Willie Jones’ voice cracked during the appearance Tuesday. He said he himself was acting as a bully and no parent should copy his behavior.


He says his daughter suffers from cerebral palsy and he “could not stand by and helplessly watch her suffer.” Standing by his wife, who also wept, Jones apologized for how he handled the situation.


Jones was charged last week with disorderly conduct and disturbing a school function for the Sept. 3 incident. He posted $2,000 bail and was ordered to stay away from the driver and county school buses.

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