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Darlington parents in altercations with students on school bus, deputies say

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Lydall  and Dukes (Source: Darlington Sheriff) Lydall and Dukes (Source: Darlington Sheriff)
DARLINGTON, S.C. -

Darlington County Sheriff's office arrested two parents in separate incidents for an altercation with a student on a school bus last week. 

 Darlington County School Resource Deputies received information from the Darlington County School District that 41-year-old Newayna Dukes got on a bus at 233 S. Darlington Street in Lamar and got into a verbal altercation with an elementary age student.

Officials say Dukes never got physical with the student.

Another report from the District about an unrelated incident happened at 437 W. Seven Pines Rd in Darlington. SRO deputies say that 33-year-old Jody Lydall walked onto a school bus and got into a verbal argument with an elementary age student.

The incidents happened April 18. The parents turned themselves into law enforcement after warrants were issued. Both were charged with trespassing after warning and disrupting schools.

"Darlington County Sheriff's Office will continue to work closely with the School district and prosecute incidents like this to the fullest extent of the law. If you have a problem with a student, you need to handle it the right way not like this" added Sheriff Wayne Byrd. 

"The safety of our children – both in school and on our buses is always our first priority," said Dr. Rainey Knight, district superintendent. "Our children should feel safe on our buses and we appreciate the quick response of our Sheriff's Department."

The two parents are out on bond awaiting court. Bond was set for Lydall at $1000.00 surety and $737.00 PR bond for Dukes.     

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