Mother speaks out after allegedly starting a school bus fight

Peggy Anna Vereen (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Peggy Anna Vereen (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

LORIS, SC (WMBF) - Loris Police and the Solicitor's Office, after investigating and reviewing all the evidence, have decided to press charges against the parent that boarded a Loris Elementary School bus Thursday afternoon.

Police Chief Joseph Vaught could not release many details about the incident, but says they were reviewing the video and interviewing the bus driver to determine exactly what happened on that bus.

Warrants WMBF News received from the solicitor's office conclude that the suspect, 29-year-old Peggy Anna Vereen, boarded an "active school bus" and demanded that her child strike another student.

Those actions were recorded on video surveillance cameras installed in the bus. The child that was struck did not display any visible injuries at the time, the warrant states.

WMBF News talked to Vereen who said, she was defending her 7-year-old son who often is the victim of bullying.

"It happened ever since last year, both have them have been bullied in school and they not do anything about it. So when school started, the first three days he came home and told me and I called to the school and they said they was gonna have a talk with the school but they never did. I feel like my child shouldn't be coming home everyday crying saying people picking on him saying he on medicine and calling him stank and throwing paper at them," Vereen said.

Vereen said she believes other mothers would have acted the same way if they were in her position.

"I feel like if it was their child getting beat up by two people on the bus, they're gonna do the same thing. If the bus driver's standing there looking, I know they're gonna go try to break it up too. I didn't put my hands on the child or none of that. I just broke them apart," Vereen said.

Loris Elementary School Principal Mark Porter said he could not comment specifically on Peggy Vereen's situation due to confidentiality purposes. Porter said the school has a zero tolerance policy for bullying. Porter said the school is part of the OLWEUS bullying prevention program. He said each teacher is trained every year on the warning signs to look for with bullying. He said if a parent complains about any type of bullying, the school follows up immediately.

Booking records show Vereen was released from custody Saturday evening on an $8,000 bond. She is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, assault and battery and interfering with the operation of a school bus.

Horry County School District officials could not confirm how many students were on board the bus at the time of the incident but spokeswoman Teal Britton reports it occurred on the afternoon bus route.

The video of the incident has not yet been released.

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