KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A metro mother is furious after she said another mom punched her 10-year-old son as the boy was getting off the school bus in front of the Boys & Girls Club Thursday afternoon.
The mother FOX 4 spoke with didn't want to share her name or her son's name with the public out of fear that the "angry mother" (who also has a son who attends the Boys & Girls Club) will retaliate.
Police responded to the activity center Thursday evening. They took statements from witnesses who told them it all started after 3 teenagers on the bus threw milk and juice out the window. The liquid apparently landed on the woman's car. She became angry and followed the bus to the Boys & Girls Club.
Witnesses said at one point she got on the bus, exchanged words with the bus driver, then got off the bus. But as the driver let the kids off at the stop for the Boys & Girls Club, witnesses said the woman was there waiting and started "causing a disturbance and hitting children, yelling and screaming." They also said she, "ran toward the kids and started hitting everyone she could."
The mom we spoke with said, "It's mind-blowing to know that even at safe places, they're not safe." She described for us what she gathered after talking with her 5th grade son and other parents. "A situation happened with some kids throwing some juice off the bus and the parent was upset and she got on the bus. As soon as the students get off the bus, which would be the fifth graders first because they sit in the front, she attacks them."
She said it made her question why the driver didn't alert someone before opening the doors or why he even let the kids out with the woman circling outside. "You don't have adults outside to watch these children get off the bus and make sure destination A makes it to B? The Boys & Girls Club is a safe house! That should've never happened."
The Boys & Girls Club provided FOX 4 with a written statement. The woman has been banned from returning to the building.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City has as its top priority the safety and well-being of the young people we serve. We have strict policies in place regarding parental behavior, which this incident clearly violates. Our Club staff acted quickly to restrain the parent and contact the authorities. Club staff simultaneously attended to the children involved, and notified their parents about the incident immediately. At this time, the parent involved in the incident is not allowed to return to the Club.
Director, Marketing, Communications and Public Relations
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
This happened shortly before 5 p.m., but police didn't make it there until after 7 p.m., at which point officers said the woman had already left. They stopped by her home that night and reported she said, "I didn't assault nobody."
She hasn't been arrested or charged with a crime, but was issued a summons to appear in court and could face city charges.