Mom Arrested for Alleged Assault on Pregnant School Assistant Because Bus Was 30 Minutes Late

A mother has been arrested after shoving a pregnant school assistant in a rage because a bus was 30 minutes late.

Erica Piedra, 36, allegedly boarded the bus in Bradenton, Florida, "screaming and cursing" to collect her daughter, according to police.

The Manatee school bus assistant, who was nine months pregnant at the time, told officers the woman pushed her into the inside wall of the bus, where she nearly fell to the floor.

According to the police report, Piedra, "was irate because the bus had run 30 minutes late that day," dropping her daughter off at the bus stop after school.

The assistant said she was dropping off children on 6th Avenue West around 5 p.m. on October 2.

The bus driver and other witnesses on the scene confirmed the woman's story, according to detectives and as reported.

However, Piedra told Bradenton police she only cursed at the bus driver, and did not get onto the bus or shove the assistant into the wall.

No injuries were reported and camera footage was unable to record the angle of the bus stairs where the incident is said to have taken place.

The assistant did not report the incident until four days later.

She told investigators that she became more fearful each time she had to drop off students at the bus stop, according to police and as reported by the Bradenton Herald.

Piedra was arrested and booked into the Manatee County Jail on Tuesday on a charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant woman.

She was released the next day on a $500 bond.

Newsweek has reached out to Bradenton Police Department for comment.

This is not the first time things have become heated on school grounds.

A South Carolina mother was arrested after entering a school in Greenville to confront a group of children she believed were bullying her son.

Jamie Rathburn, of Simpsonville, was detained by deputies from Greenville County Sheriff's Office after walking into Greenbrier Elementary School and berating third-grade students who were sitting in a hall, police said.

Rathburn said she became frustrated after constant taunts and bullying against her son, which included him being hit with a computer and pulled off a slide by his neck.

And a North Carolina, a woman was caught with an assault rifle at her son's school bus stop.

The unnamed mother, whose 11-year-old son attends North Stanly Middle School, said her son had texted her that morning to say that he had been bullied by other students on the bus to school.

Erica Piedra
Erica Piedra Manatee County Police