A 23-year-old Thomasville woman is behind bars at the Thomas County Jail, while her mother was released on bond in a Thomas County school-bus related incident.
The defendant’s mother took issue with a judge’s denial of bond for her daughter and wound up in jail with her.
Brittant Renay Bable, 510 Old Albany Road, was waiting when a school bus on which her children were passengers stopped. As the children were about to step off the bus, Bable grabbed them by the arm and boarded the bus, said Capt. Steven Jones, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.
Jones, who viewed video from the incident, said Bable stood next to the bus driver, began cursing and asked who touched her children.
“The bus driver repeatedly tried to tell her to get off the bus,” Jones said. “She continued to rant belligerently and obscenely at the driver and children.”
The activity continued for close to a minute.
“It was an ugly scene,” Jones said.
As Bable stepped off the bus, she turned and said she “had a bullet” for everyone on the vehicle.
“She thought someone had been picking on her children on the bus,” Jones said.
Thomas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Dusty Kornegay asked the sheriff’s office to investigate the incident.
“It took four days to find her,” Jones said
On Thursday, Bable appeared for arraignment in Thomas County Magistrate Court in the Jail-Justice Center courtroom, with Chief Magistrate Andy Seery presiding.
“She was read the charges, and the judge explained the charges and her rights, and considering the threats that were made toward small children, the judge denied her bond,” said Jones, who was in the courtroom during the proceeding.
The defendant burst out verbally in the courtroom and began pacing in front of the judge’s bench. She was removed from the courtroom by jail personnel and deputies and returned to the adjacent jail.
Jones said Bable’s mother, Nancy Mae Bable, attempted to approach the judge and was restrained.
As the mother was being led from the courtroom, she uttered profanity directed at the judge and was taken into custody.
The mother, 46, 1720 S. Pine Tree Blvd., is charged with disorderly conduct. She posted bond and was released from jail.
Her daughter is charged with two counts of felony terroristic threats and acts, reckless conduct and disorderly conduct. She remains in jail.
Kornegay, who was present during the court proceeding, said he regrets the bus incident, but is proud of how a bus monitor intervened.
“She did an excellent job keeping the parent from coming into contact with the students,” the superintendent said. “I appreciate the support from law enforcement and the magistrate judge.”
Kornegay said the school system’s response to the incident should make it clear that “Thomas County Schools will not tolerate this type of behavior from anyone on our property, our buses or at our bus stops.”
Brittany Renay Bable has been banned from all Thomas County Schools property and bus stops.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.