Delvantae King apologizes for school bus incident

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Santayanna Mitchell’s daughter and grandchildren usually take the bus to school.

“Since the incident, I’ve been taking them every day,” says the Jefferson County Public Schools parent.


What do you want to know

  • Delvantae King threatened and yelled at children on a school bus
  • King apologized to students, families and the school
  • King says he was upset because his daughter was bullied at school for months
  • He says he’s starting an anti-harassment program

Mitchell rushed to Carter Traditional Elementary on Friday when she got a call from her daughter about an incident on her bus.

Following the school bus incident, Santayanna Mitchell is now driving her daughter and grandchildren to school. (Spectrum News 1/Ashley N. Brown)

A statement from the manager says a grown man and a girl boarded a bus and threatened passengers as the bus driver tried to get them off.

The incident on a JCPS bus on Friday August 26 brought angry students and parents to tears.

“Every child that came out was crying hysterically. I’m talking about crying boohoo. It was devastating. We just had a whole incident with a school shooting. It was crazy. I just couldn’t believe it,” Mitchell said.

Delvantae King, the man who admits to boarding the bus and threatening to “flip” it, says his actions were wrong.

“This is serious, like from the bottom of my heart, I sincerely apologize to these children and their families,” King said.

He said his words stemmed from anger.

King says her 9-year-old daughter, a Carter student, has been bullied for months.

“They paint this picture of me being a freak and just chasing kids on buses. I jump on buses for no reason. No,” King said.

King says he informed the school that his daughter had been bullied on several occasions.

He said that last week a group of students attacked his daughter and left her in knots on her head.

“But nobody knows anything. Nobody ever sees anything. Nothing is ever done. So that’s morally why I left because they kept letting the kid come get my kid and nobody ever knows anything,” King says.

Students reported seeing the couple following the bus in a car with a gun.

“I never followed the bus and I never had, like, I don’t need a gun against my kids. I don’t play with guns. I don’t do any of that,” said King.

King said he hoped other parents would understand his frustration.

“When you talk about your children, I get it, but at the end of the day you have to be rational and you have to think about other people’s children. You can’t just get on a bus and torment and threaten kids,” Mitchell said.

King said he was holding an event for bus riders as another way to apologize and end the bullying scheme.

JCPS Security and the Louisville Metro Police Department are aware of the incident and are investigating.

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