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POLICE: Louisville mom, children attacked JCPS bus monitor

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Felisha Yancey (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Felisha Yancey (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Felisha Yancey tries to defend herself in arraignment court. Felisha Yancey tries to defend herself in arraignment court.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman has been arrested and is facing multiple charges after authorities say she and her three children attacked a Jefferson County Public Schools bus monitor.

It happened on Feb. 19 at the corner of Jackson St. and E St. Catherine, at a bus stop.

Authorities say 26-year-old Felisha M. Yancey's children were on the bus, which was loaded with 10 children, all under the age of 10, coming from Portland Elementary School.

As one of Yancey's children got off the bus, the child yelled that the bus monitor, Valerie Coleman, hit her.

"All I know is my daughters was getting off the bus and she told her mother that they were basically had been assaulted, and she approached them and told the bus driver to keep her hands off of her children," said the children's father, Stepfon Nolan.

"My kids probably said something, but their job is to handle that professionally and not to put their hands on my children."

Yancey then allegedly boarded the bus and began cursing and yelling, telling the bus driver, Wesley Lasu, and Coleman that she was going to beat them up. The bus driver then told her to leave.

She responded by hitting Lasu in the arm with her fist, according to reports.

When Coleman tried to intervene, Yancey allegedly pulled her off the bus by her shirt, then began attacking the bus monitor outside, punching her in the head, kicking her in the abdomen and spitting on her.

Even Yancey's children, ages 9, 7 and 6, joined in and began kicking the bus monitor, according to the warrant. One of the children allegedly struck the bus driver as well.

"I don't blame them -- if your mother is getting attacked in front of them what are you going to do," Nolan said about his children's alleged actions.

"This caused alarm to the other children that remained on the bus, and other parents, who were waiting to pick up their children," the warrant states.

Louisville Metro Police were called, but Yancey was gone by the time officers arrived.

A warrant was issued for Yancey's arrest on Feb. 20, and she was taken into custody by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office later that day.

At her arraignment Friday morning, Yancey tried to tell the judge her side of the story.

"Can I say something? That bus has cameras on it. They said there's video surveillance. She grabbed my daughter by her throat," Yancey said.

"This is not your trial," the judge replied.

The bus monitor suffered soreness to her head and abdomen and was taken to a medical facility. The bus driver did not have any visible injuries.

Yancey is charged with criminal trespassing, terroristic threatening, and assault. Her bond is set at $10,000.

If she is able to post bond, Yancey has been ordered to have no contact with the bus driver or the monitor, and is not allowed at the bus stop.

Yancey has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2007, including a series of altercations at Byck Elementary School.

She was found guilty of disorderly conduct and terroristic threatening after threatening another parent at Byck Elementary and striking a school counselor in Sept. 2013.

A month later, Yancey created a disturbance in the school cafeteria when she started an argument.

She is currently serving a two-year probation related to those incidents and is not allowed on JCPS property.

WDRB has requested the surveillance video of Wednesday's bus incident from JCPS.

"Ah man, it's going to tell it all. I can't wait for it to come out," Nolan said.

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