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School bus assault suspect out on bond

A local woman turned herself in to authorities March 16 and faces charges related to an assault that allegedly took place on a Lamar County school bus. According to a report by Dep. Jonathan Hamrick, school resource officer, the sequence of events began Friday, March 10 with an altercation between two juvenile females on a school bus and then simmered over the weekend. On Monday, March 13, the same bus stopped in front of the home of Tabotha Camellia Wilkerson at 167 Lanette Circle off Johnstonville Road. Wilkerson, 33, boarded the bus and asked the driver about the previous incident. One of the combatants in that altercation was Wilkerson’s daughter. The bus driver instructed Wilkerson to get off the bus and told her the tape of the incident would be reviewed later that day. Wilkerson complied but, when her children had boarded the bus, she reentered and ‘aggressively charged’ to the back of the bus. Wilkerson and her child were ‘attacking and fighting’ a second juvenile, a 17-year-old female, according to the report. Wilkerson and one juvenile finally got off the bus and the driver shut the door and waited for deputies. A subsequent investigation March 13 led to the questioning of the foster parent of the second juvenile who alleged the attack by Wilkerson resulted in a ‘small scratch’ under the eye of her foster child. The second juvenile was suspended from school. The foster parent reported to Dep. Hamrick and Dr. Todd Shipp of the school system that Wilkerson had come to her home on the day of the initial altercation. She said she asked Wilkerson to leave and contacted the sheriff’s office. Wilkerson was supposed to turn herself in March 14 but failed to do so. A lookout for her was issued the following day that led to her surrender. Wilkerson is charged with simple battery and disrupting a public school. She was released at 5:30 p.m. March 16 on a $3500 property bond posted by Ruby Little.

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