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Cup-throwing Marion County school bus driver jailed after violent altercation

Tracey Annette Standridge

A Marion County school bus driver was arrested Thursday afternoon after a co-worker claimed he was attacked with a Yeti-type cup.

When a Marion County sheriff’s deputy arrived at the school bus transportation depot, the victim said that he had been in a confrontation two days earlier with 51-year-old Tracey Annette Standridge. He said he had put a note on her bus saying that she needed to clean it and she then walked into the office behind him “yelling and cussing,” a sheriff’s office report says.

The victim said Standridge threw the cup and hit him in the forehead. He said she also “got close to him and continually pushed him until she backed him up to a wall,” the report states, adding that the two were then separated by a supervisor and the victim had a cut on his forehead.

A witness said she heard the cup hit the floor and then saw the victim with blood on his forehead. She said she didn’t see Standridge throw the cup but she did see it in her hand before the incident. And she said she was the one who separated the two, the report says.

Another witness said she saw Standridge throw the cup but she didn’t see where it hit the victim. And she confirmed that Standridge kept pushing the victim until he was backed up against a wall, the report says.

After another witness confirmed the victim’s story, the deputy made contact with Standridge at her home at 500 Marion Oaks Manor. She admitted to throwing the cup and hitting the victim’s forehead and pushing him up against a wall “but only because he had been bothering her over and over about her cleaning the bus,” the report says.

Standridge was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, where she was charged with battery. She was released early Friday morning on $1,000 bond and her next court date hasn’t yet been set.

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