Mother accused of assaulting JCPS bus driver, monitor


by Renee Murphy

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 7:56 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville mother is in custody on Friday, Feb. 21, and is charged with assaulting a JCPS bus driver and bus monitor.

While Felisha Yancey is in jail in downtown Louisville the father of her children is defending her actions from this week.

“My kids was assaulted. She stood her ground. I don't touch my kids like that and no one else is going to touch them,” Stepfon Nolan, father of Yancey’s children, said.

Yancey is charged with assaulting the bus driver and the bus monitor on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the corner of St. Catherine and Jackson.

Court documents say she pulled the monitor off the bus and began assaulting her. Documents also said her 9, 7 and 6-year-old started kicking the woman.

“My kids is very well spoken. They not gonna let you treat them any kind of way,” Nolan said.

Yancey had five children on the bus that day coming home from Portland Elementary. Nolan says the bus driver pushed his daughter.

“My daugthers was getting off the bus and she told their mother that they basically has been assaulted and she told them the bus driver to keep their hands off of her children and they started calling her profanities,” Nolan said.

Nolan said that's when things got physical between the adults and Yancey's children.

Neighbors near the intersection are left shaking their heads after what happened.

“This gives a bad connotation of the Smoketown Community/ Shelby Park Community especially in the midst of all the revitalization that’s going on because our block is mixed and we all get along,” Rachel Thomas, who lives next to the bus stop, said.

Yancey is well known to Jefferson County Public School administrators.

She's been banned from the property previously and last September she was arrested for assaulting school staff at Byck Elementary.

Her criminal history shows she's plead guilty to drug charges, terrorist threatening and disorderly conduct.

“Everybody has issues but from what I heard no one has ever been really assaulted; if words were exchanged words were exchanged,” Nolan said.

The bus driver and the monitor will be OK. The bus driver is already back at work and the monitor will return to work on Monday.