- A Florida father was arrested for allegedly attacking a school employee after his son was banned from riding the school bus.
- The father, Esdra Burges-Cruz, is accused of boarding the bus, yelling at the bus aide, and slapping the employee in the chest.
- Burges-Cruz was charged with battery on a public or private education employee, burglary, and disturbing the peace at a school function.
A Florida father, Esdra Burges-Cruz, was arrested after allegedly attacking a school employee following his son’s ban from riding the school bus. According to an arrest report from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Burges-Cruz stormed onto a school bus on May 2 while it was stopped in Ocala and struck the employee in the chest.
The bus was loaded with students at the time, and the incident caused a delay.
After approaching the bus and being denied entry by the driver, Burges-Cruz reportedly told the driver to “shut the f–k up” and boarded anyway. He then began yelling at the bus aide, and video footage shows Burges-Cruz slapping the employee in the chest with what appears to be an open hand. Students can be heard screaming after the aide is struck.
Burges-Cruz denied boarding the bus without permission and claimed he never struck anyone. However, after a student provided video evidence of the incident to a school resource officer, Burges-Cruz was arrested for assault.
The Marion County School District released a statement emphasizing that they expect adults to behave appropriately, just as they expect their students to do so.
Burges-Cruz was charged with battery on a public or private education employee, burglary, and disturbing the peace at a school function. He was taken to the Marion County Jail without incident, and his bond was set at $17,500.
The recent incident involving a Florida father attacking a school employee after his son was banned from riding the school bus is a disturbing reminder of the importance of maintaining a safe environment for our children. It is essential for parents and guardians to remain level-headed and respectful when dealing with school officials, as their actions serve as a model for their children.
Unfortunately, Esdra Burges-Cruz’s actions demonstrate a disregard for these values. By storming onto the bus and physically assaulting a school employee, he not only endangered the safety of those present but also set a poor example for his son and other students.