Bus Driver May Have Saved Little Girl's Life

A local student's mother is calling a local bus driver a hero.

Last week, on a typical bus ride home from school, Jessica's bus pulled up to her house, only this time, a stranger inside a truck was parked right in front of her driveway.

Barbara Lee is Jessica’s bus driver and her quick actions may have saved Jessi's life.

Mother Sherri Riley said, "Before she let my little girl off the bus she asked Jessi, ‘do you know them’ and Jessi said ‘no’. Mrs. Lee hollered at the people to ‘get gone’ and they didn't and she hollered again ‘get gone’."

This isn't the first time Barbara Lee has gone the extra mile to ensure a child's safety.

Sherri is glad Barbara Lee took the time to protect her child and keep her out of what could have been a dangerous situation.

"We're not always there to protect our children and she treats them like they're her own and I thank God for her doing that," Sherri added.

News 4 did try to catch up with Barbara Lee, but she was running a second bus route and didn't have time.

However, her supervisor said this story is typical of Barbara’s; he's known her for almost 25 years and says she has always worked to make sure her students are safe.


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  • by BARBARA Location: REHOBETH on Feb 6, 2008 at 03:57 AM
    COULDN'T PUT THIS IN BEFORE BECAUSE OF LIMIT OF CHARACTERS IN THE COMMENT. YES, I DID GET TAG NUMBER AND DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE AND AS GOOD A LOOK AS POSSIBLE OF THE 2 PEOPLE. AS PARENTS, YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY TALKS WITH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT STRANGERS.
  • by Jerrad Pacatte Location: Rehobeth on Feb 5, 2008 at 05:44 PM
    Mrs. Lee is my bus driver , I would also like to think as her as a hero. She is a very nice, kind , bus driver who has always been concerned for our safety. Its a blessing from God that she was there for Jessie.
  • by BARBARA, THE BUS DRIVER Location: REHOBETH on Feb 3, 2008 at 11:24 AM
    FEEL COMPELLED TO CLARIFY-THROUGH NO FAULT OF MRS. RILEY-SHE GOT HER VERSION FROM A FRIGHTENED JESSIE-THE DETAILS ARE NOT EXACTLY CORRECT. VEHICLE WENT INTO HER YARD AS I PULLED UP TO MAKE THE STOP. I DO NOT KNOW EVERYONE IN JESSIE'S FAMILY AND AT THAT POINT NOTHING LOOKED WRONG. AS JESSIE WAS CROSSING THE ROAD,THE VEHICLE TURNED AROUND,AND STOPPED IN THE YARD.AS JESSIE STARTS TOWARD HER GOLF CART WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING THEM, THAT'S WHEN IT DIDN'T LOOK RIGHT. THE PASSENGER OPENED THE DOOR,WAS GETTING OUT, AND CALLED TO JESSIE. THAT, ALONG WITH THE EXPRESSION ON JESSIE'S FACE WAS WHEN THINGS REALLY DIDN'T LOOK RIGHT. JESSIE STARTS TOWARD THE VEHICLE AND THAT'S WHEN I CALLED TO HER AND ASKED IF SHE KNEW THEM. SHE SAID "NO MAAM". I TOLD HER TO GET IN HER GOLF CART AND GO UP THE DRIVEWAY. SHE DID. I THEN MOTIONED TO THE VEHICLE TO GO OUT OF THE DRIVEWAY AHEAD OF ME. AT FIRST THEY DIDN'T AND I KEPT MOTIONING WITH MY HAND FOR THEM TO GO.THEY EVENTUALLY REALIZED I WASN'T LEAVING UNTIL THEY DID
  • by Karen Location: Houston county Al. on Feb 2, 2008 at 06:15 PM
    Thank God that school bus driver noticed something so wrong! But I pray she got a good discription, and a license plate number...for this preditaor!! A call to 911 I hope. Hollering "get Gone" just didn't seem enough here !
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2008 at 03:14 PM
    Someone should have called and reported situitation. For all they new, person could have been violent.
  • by Cindy Location: Lake Seminole,GA on Feb 2, 2008 at 08:37 AM
    Good for her !! The world needs more people like her around!
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