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Dad Arrested After Approaching Student on Bus

PEA RIDGE, AR-- A Pea Ridge father faces charges after police say he got on a bus to confront a kid who he thought was stealing from his daughter.
PEA RIDGE, AR-- A Pea Ridge father faces charges after police say he got on a bus to confront a kid who he thought was stealing from his daughter.

According to police, Lance Ferguson walked onto a school bus last Thursday morning after his daughter told him a 12-year-old had been taking her money.  He told the boy to come to the front of the bus and held the bus up for about 3 minutes, according to reports.

Ferguson was arrested on charges of assault, unauthorized entry of a school bus and false imprisonment.

While Police Chief Tim Ledbetter said there was no physical contact between Ferguson and the child, he said they pursued the charges because the safety issue. "We can't just have anybody walking on the bus," Ledbetter said.

Wednesday afternoon, Pea Ridge School District released a statement addressing the incident:

"Pea Ridge School District is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all students. Unfortunately, we did have an incident involving the unauthorized access of a school bus by a parent. We will continue to follow all laws, policies, and procedures regarding school bus safety to ensure all students are safe. We are also reviewing the incident in question to determine if changes in procedures or further training of our staff is necessary."
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