Parents arrested in separate school bus incidents

Newayna Dukes

Two women are accused of boarding school buses in Darlington County and getting into arguments with elementary aged students.

The incidents happened on the same day, but are completely unrelated, according to the Darlington County Sheriff's Office.

Last Thursday, Darlington County school resource officers got a tip from the Darlington County School District that Newayna Dukes, 41, walked onto a school bus on S. Darlington Street in Lamar and got into a verbal altercation with an elementary school student. Officials say Dukes never got physical with the student.

The second incident happened on W. Seven Pines Road in Darlington, according to school resource officers. They say Jody Lydall, 33, walked onto a school bus and got into a verbal argument with an elementary school student.

Dukes and Lydall turned themselves in to deputies after warrants were issued for each on charges of 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," said Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd in a news release.

"The safety of our children - both in school and on our buses is always our first priority," said Dr. Rainey Knight, Darlington County School District Superintendent. "Our children should feel safe on our buses and we appreciate the quick response of our Sheriff's Department."

Both women are out on bond.

Darlington County School's Spokeswoman Audrey Childers is checking to see if the buses were equipped with recording devices.