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Louisville woman accused of using baseball bat to threaten driver and students on JCPS bus

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Cherrice Johnson (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Cherrice Johnson (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested a Louisville woman months after she threatened a JCPS bus driver -- and the students aboard her bus -- with a souvenir baseball bat.

According to an arrest warrant, the incident took place on Sept. 14. Police say 33-year-old Cherrice Johnson -- a mother whose child rides the bus -- had confronted the bus driver at a bus stop several times in the past. On this date, she allegedly confronted the bus driver again -- but this time, police say she was armed with a souvenir baseball bat. 

After arguing with the bus driver, Johnson allegedly told her that, "I don't care about these kids. I will take them all out!"

At that point, the bus driver closed the bus door and prepared to pull away from the bus stop, when police say Johnson hit one of the bus windows, breaking out the glass, causing a piece of glass to cut the bus driver's leg.

Police say there were children on the bus at the time of the incident.

Johnson says kids on the bus would spray her daughter with shoe cleaner, pull her hair and post videos of the incidents on social media. Her daughter, Ra'ven Johnson, is a junior at Valley High School.

Johnson says she went to speak to the bus driver about helping her daughter and admits she lost her cool. She says she was carrying the bat because her daughter had told her two girls planned on beating her daughter up that day.

"This is supposed to be a non-bully Jefferson County state. 'We don't accept no bullies.' Ya'll don't? But everyday, like last week, she cried, said she doesn't wanna go nowhere, she's done," Johnson said.

Johnson says her daughter doesn't even want to go to school because of the bullying.

"She's being bullied, what do you want her to do? Keep being hit on until she dies? When she gets killed is that when y'all want to do something about it?"

WDRB contacted JCPS, but a spokesperson says the district cannot comment on the case sense it is still ongoing.

Johnson is charged with assault, terroristic threatening and wanton endangerment.  Johnson is expected in court Tuesday.

A warrant was issued for Johnson's arrest on Thursday, Oct. 20. She was taken into custody on Friday, Nov. 18. 

Johnson is charged with third degree assault, two counts of third degree terroristic threatening, one count of third degree criminal mischief and two counts of second degree wanton endangerment.

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