SHERMAN – On Wednesday, September 4th, a man allegedly attempted to climb aboard a Sherman ISD school bus that was filled with students while carrying a hatchet.
Parents received text messages from their students stating they were not permitted to leave the bus at the stop on South Gribble Street near downtown.
According to Sherman ISD Assistant Superintendent Tyson Bennett, parents started arriving after they received the messages from their children about the incident.
Police officials have identified the man as 59-year-old Dennis Michael Richardson from Sherman.
Officials state that Richardson apparently attempted to board the bus during a routine stop.
Superintendent Bennett stated Richardson apparently got to the top of the steps of the school bus when the driver ordered him to get off the bus, which he complied.
The bus driver instantly called the Sherman ISD transportation department who then called 911.
“We take this very seriously individuals cannot board our buses. It is a crime to board our buses, and we will take that very seriously. Sherman Police Department does as well, and they will be engaged by our driver,” Bennett said.
Superintendent Bennett also stated that there was not any contact made with the students and there were no injuries.
Police located Richardson and determined that he did not threaten or attempt to assault anyone with the hatchet.
Authorities state Richardson apparently did enter the school bus without consent.
According to police records, Richardson was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass and transported to the Grayson County Jail.
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