NEWTON COUNTY, Ga.,None - A woman is outraged after her son was threatened with a knife on a Covington child care bus. She said the child care center is not taking it seriously, even allowing the other child to return.
“I'm really scared what's going to happen in the future,” Oumar Kaba said.
The 9-year-old said his experience on a child care bus Tuesday has left him shaken.
“My mom says my life is in danger,” he told Channel 2’s Eric Philips.
The bus from KC's 24-hour child care center was taking Oumar and other children to their respective schools when an 11-year-old boy showed Oumar a weapon.
“Unzipped it and showed me like half of his knife, and I said, ‘I don't care about your knife,’” Oumar said. “When he got off the bus, he whispered to me, ‘I will get you.’ I was really upset. I didn't really even want to go to school, but I had to go.”
Oumar told the bus driver, who reported the incident to the director of KC's Childcare. The childcare informed officials at Mansfield Elementary School that the student may have a knife. School officials found it and immediately suspended the fifth-grader. Oumar's mother thought the child care center would follow suit.
“The director ensured me over the phone that this child would not be at the facility any longer,” said Oumar’s mother, Cecilia Sosa-Kaba.
But two days later, the boy accused of having the knife was back at the childcare.
“When I got there today, a worker told me he was there and he has to be there all day. It's a very serious matter,” Sosa-Kaba said.
Philips tried reaching the childcare center’s director, but she did not return his call.
Newton County School officials said an upcoming disciplinary hearing will determine whether the 11-year-old can return to school.