Polk bus driver accused of staging fight faces judge - WNCT

Polk bus driver accused of staging fight faces judge

Posted: Updated:
Patrice Sanders, 29, in court Saturday morning Patrice Sanders, 29, in court Saturday morning
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

On Enterprise Street in Lakeland, two young men play basketball on a warm Saturday afternoon. It's not an unusual sight.

What is unusual is what Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says happened on the street on the evening of Thursday May 9.

Judd says school bus driver Patrice Sanders, 29, encouraged two girls to fight.

As at least one teenager recorded video on a cell phone as a 13-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl brawled in the street.

The Sheriff says the teens were on Sanders' bus, and got into an argument.

He says she told the teens, "This is going to be handled today and they just need to fight."

Sheriff Judd says Sanders then drove past all of her regular bus stops, to her house, to allow the fight to happen.

The girls fought, cheered on by others, then stopped.

Sanders then had the teens get back on her bus.  Sheriff Judd says she then told the students, "what happens on the bus, stays on the bus."

Later that evening the 13-year-old told her mother about the fight.  She then took her daughter to the hospital to be checked out.

Detectives interviewed the students and arrested Sanders.

At her first appearance, Sanders was advised she is facing a long list of charges, including two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts of child neglect without great harm and child abuse without great harm.   

Sanders' neighbors say they are surprised by what happened.

Neighbor Sadie Vonador says, "I just think she made a bad choice, the wrong choice, because she's a good girl as far as I know of."

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @wflatampa

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

    Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:35:13 GMT
    Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
    Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
  • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:58:50 GMT
    Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
     When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
  • TPD homicide detective under federal criminal investigation

    TPD homicide detective under federal criminal investigation

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:55:30 GMT
    Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation.Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation.
    The feds are investigating one of Tampa Police Department's lead homicide detectives. Officer Eric Houston, who is one of the lead detectives in the Julie Schenecker murder investigation, is under federal criminal investigation. 
    The feds are investigating one of Tampa Police Department's lead homicide detectives. Officer Eric Houston, who is one of the lead detectives in the Julie Schenecker murder investigation, is under federal criminal investigation. 
  • NewsMore>>

  • 'Selfies' not welcome at USF graduation ceremony

    'Selfies' not welcome at USF graduation ceremony

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:35:56 GMT
    University of South Florida Student Affairs office announced Wednesday that students should refrain from taking selfies while on stage during the university's graduation ceremony this spring.
    University of South Florida Student Affairs office announced Wednesday that students should refrain from taking selfies while on stage during the university's graduation ceremony this spring.
  • Arcadia burned dog 'Hope' is 90% healed from burns

    Arcadia burned dog 'Hope' is 90% healed from burns

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:27:12 GMT
    Hope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photoHope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photo
    We have some good news to report about Hope, the little 1-year-old dog that won over the hearts of many after she was doused with kerosene and lit on fire.
    We have some good news to report about Hope, the little 1-year-old dog that won over the hearts of many after she was doused with kerosene and lit on fire.
  • FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine

    FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:05 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:05:28 GMT
    Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive.
    Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine - a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those...
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:58:50 GMT
    Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
     When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
  • Arcadia burned dog 'Hope' is 90% healed from burns

    Arcadia burned dog 'Hope' is 90% healed from burns

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:27:12 GMT
    Hope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photoHope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photo
    We have some good news to report about Hope, the little 1-year-old dog that won over the hearts of many after she was doused with kerosene and lit on fire.
    We have some good news to report about Hope, the little 1-year-old dog that won over the hearts of many after she was doused with kerosene and lit on fire.
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.