Father confronts bus driver for bullying, then arrested for trespass

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Father confronts bus driver for bullying, then arrested for trespass

CREATED Feb 1, 2013

Reporter: Marcelino Benito

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - If somebody were bullying your child, it's only natural you would want to do something to stop it. That's exactly what a Tucson dad tells 9OYS he tried to do. But he ended up in jail.

"It just turned into a big mess," said Bobbi Davis.

A big mess on-board a TUSD bus, January 15th when a frustrated father decided to confront the bus driver.

"I finally got fed up and that's why I stepped up there for them," said Timothy Davis, the girls' father.

But the decision to step on the bus, that verbal confrontation, led to his arrest. 9OYS obtained Pima County Sheriff's Department reports showing Davis was charged with interfering with an educational facility and criminal trespass.

His wife says he did it because the driver bullied, taunted their special needs 10-year-old daughter.

"What did he say to you?" asked 9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito. "He would tell me to sit down and shut up," replied Stormi Davis.

"How did that make you feel?" asked Benito. "Upset and sad," she said.

Meanwhile Stormi's mother Bobbi feels enraged at what she calls a lack of concern by the district about incidents that happen on school buses.

"How can we have direct communication with transportation when they're not communicating with us," Bobbi said. "We've talked to them. We've begged them. Other parents have called and all we get is we'll call you back, we'll call you back. Who's calling back? Nobody."

TUSD did call 9OYS back this evening. Chief Operations Officer Candy Egbert told 9OYS, "that's just not true. Transportation has communicated with the mother." She also reiterated the District doesn't comment on open investigations or personnel matters.

While the District investigates these bullying allegations, Tim's wife stands by her husband's behavior.

"If it means he has to step out of that line and approach someone and say why are my children bullied, why do you talk to my child like that, then that's what he has to do," said Bobbi.

But that choice could come at a cost, when Tim goes before a judge for refusing to step off the school bus.

"Do you regret it?" asked Benito. "Yes I do and now I'm going to pay the price," Tim said.

The District's Chief Operations Officer told 9OYS she was not aware of these bullying allegations. She says the District will investigate them like they do any allegation that impacts student safety.

Tim is due back in court on March 6th.