Florida bus driver encouraged teen girls to brawl, deputies say

Published On: May 13 2013 07:03:57 AM HST

A Florida school bus driver faces seven charges and more are possible after she drove the bus to her own home and encouraged two teen girls to fight in her front yard, according to a report.

Patrice Sanders, 29, was arrested after Thursday's incident in Lakeland, an arrest report written by the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

After she heard two girls, ages 13 and 16, arguing on the bus, Sanders said, "This is going to be handled today and they just need to fight," a witness on the bus told investigators.

That's when Sanders drove the bus to her own home, ordered all the kids off the bus and told the two girls to fight, the report said. Sanders even asked the girls if they wanted her to go inside and get Vaseline or baby oil to put on their faces to prevent scratches.

At first, the 13-year-old girl didn't want to fight, but eventually the two began brawling in Sanders' yard as the other kids looked on. One of the students recorded the confrontation on a cell phone, investigators said.

After the fight, all the children got back on the bus, and when the two teens resumed their fight, Sanders stopped the bus and watched without trying to intervene, the arrest report said.

"What happens on the bus stays on the bus," Sanders said, according to a witness.

Sanders is due in court Saturday morning. Her charges include false imprisonment, child abuse and child neglect, among others.


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