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Perry County mother charged with unlawfully entering school bus to help a son she thought was ill

Posted by truthpills on 2011/07/25

Published: Saturday, July 23, 2011, 12:00 AM
By SARA GANIM, The Patriot-News

If Tara Keener had known that her 5-year-old son was only sleeping, she might not have acted this way.

But Keener, an emergency room nurse, didn’t know. All she knew was what she could see through the windows of a big yellow school bus as she walked down her Perry County driveway. Other kids were standing over the kindergartner’s assigned seat, yelling that Xander was slumped over.

“Help, he’s not moving,” she recalled during a recent court hearing. “We can’t wake him up.”

So she ran to the bus, up the steps and to the landing. The driver told her she couldn’t get on the bus. It’s against the law.

Keener kept going. “My focus was on my son,” she told a judge.

What happened on that bus Dec. 15 has earned Keener a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully entering a school bus. She’s now awaiting trial in Perry County Court.

The bus company remembers the story a little differently, and reported the incident — as they are required by law — to the state police because the driver asked Keener to leave the bus and she refused.

They say no one was screaming ‘help,’ that Xander was sleeping, like he had before and the driver wasn’t given enough time to handle the situation herself.

“Everyone’s focused on, he wasn’t really sick,” said Keener’s attorney Jeffrey B. Engle. “How do you know that? He could be choking on a Jolly Rancher. I can hop a fence to save someone who is drowning, even if it says ‘Keep Out’ if the harm sought to be avoided is greater than the possible violation of the crime.”

Engle would not allow Keener to comment for this story because of her pending court case.

At a June 15 preliminary hearing, Keener testified that older kids were hovering over Xander when she got on the bus.

“They moved away and looked at me like they were scared and said they couldn’t wake him,” she testified. “I had to physically shake him vigorously to wake him.”

Keener never thought this would land her in court, Engle says. After all, she and her husband had boarded a school bus with their son before as part of a program to help kids get over their fears in the first few days of school.

And days after the incident, a trooper told her she wasn’t going to be charged.

Then almost five months later Keener received a notice in the mail: She was facing a third-degree misdemeanor — an offense that lead to jail for a year, and a $2,500 fine.

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Truthpills:
I moment you get “free” services from the government, you are giving up certain rights. Initially it will be small, then incrementally it adds up to unbearable levels. When you send your children to government schools (re-education camps), you give up many of your parent rights to the government. When parents violate any of their increasing regulations (they called it law which is not), parents are fined and/or jailed. Some violations might include you trying to save your child in government (but its really public) properties. There are no exceptions. They want to flex their muscles and set an example. This mafia style violates your Constitution rights and it’s unacceptable. Exercise your Constitution rights before they all disappear.
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