A former Robertson County Schools bus driver, who recently resigned after being caught using a cell phone while operating a bus, stole a school bus and attempted to pick kids up on her old route on Friday, Nov. 22.
Ex-bus driver Sherry James, 64, has been arrested and charged with aggravated criminal trespass and unauthorized use of an automobile.
At roughly 6:45 a.m., James took a bus from East Robertson High School and began following her old route, according to a police report. A current bus driver immediately reported James, who was detained by School Resource Officer Deputy J. Holmes at her first stop. No kids ever made it onto the bus, the report said.
According to the arrest affidavit, James “stated that she had been out on medical leave and that this [Friday] is the day she told them she would be back.” This was not the case according to Robertson County School officials.
Following the incident, Robertson County Schools released a statement that read:
“On Friday morning, November 22, a former Robertson County Schools bus driver gained unauthorized access to a district school bus. After attempting to begin a bus route, the driver was stopped by a Robertson County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer.
“Prior to being apprehended, the driver travelled approximately one-half mile with the empty bus. Upon reaching the first stop, the bus was boarded by the SRO, who immediately detained the driver before the bus could move with any students on board.
“The originally assigned driver arrived on the scene and continued the route without incident.”
James has been released from jail and her first court appearance is set for Feb. 3.
James’ resignation as a bus driver came about when videos of her using a cell phone while operating a school bus were brought to the Robertson County School Board’s attention on Oct. 24.