JMC Bus Driver and Supervisor Altercation

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Thursday morning, police said a route specialist Gena Murchison and bus driver Lynda Roberts got into a heated and physical argument. The two are employed by the Jackson-Madison County School District. Investigators said it all started in the transportation building in a route specialist’s office. “Route specialist, she reported she had been assaulted by a bus driver. While we were speaking with her the other bus driver had arrived at the police department, said Lieutenant Tyreece Miller. Investigators said Roberts had a different story. “She contends the route specialist, while they were speaking in her office, the route specialist put her finger in the bus driver’s face. She instinctively knocked her hand out of her face,” said Lieutenant Miller. That is when Murchison said she was punched once in the face by Roberts. Investigators also said work performance was the subject of the fight. Regardless, school board officials said they have a no tolerance rule for fighting in place for both students and adults. “We want the adult employees to get along as in any work place and we’ll work through board policy,” said Buddy White the Interim Jackson-Madison County School District Superintendent. Both women have been suspended without pay. “They’re not paid while they’re on suspension, but they may be reimbursed for that payment depending on the outcome.” Police said they will continue investigating until they determine who the victim is. At that point, the victim will have the opportunity to file assault charges in criminal court.

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