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School bus ‘mooner’ guilty

Published 9:51pm Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Suffolk mother faces jail time after being found guilty of disorderly conduct — but acquitted of an indecent exposure charge — after “mooning” a bus loaded with students.

In General District Court Tuesday, Lisa Marie Grant, 34, was sentenced to six months in jail, with five suspended, and fined $250.

Judge Alfred W. Bates III pronounced judgment after about two hours of argument and scrutinizing video of the incident.

According to court records, trial testimony and onboard security camera footage, Grant confronted John Yeates Middle School bus driver Melba Jordan Osborne after Osborne had stopped to collect children near the corner of Brookwood Drive and Brookwood Court, on the morning of Nov. 20.

The previous Thursday, Osborne had sent a conduct notice home with Grant’s 14-year-old son, who had been assigned a seat at the front of the bus due to alleged misbehavior.

Grant had subsequently sent a note back with her son the following Monday asking the bus driver to “take it up with her,” Obsorne said.

Grant approached the bus, saying, “‘I’m going to get you, I’m going to get you,’” Osborne testified Tuesday.

“When I opened the window, she said, ‘I’m not talking through the window.’”

An irate Grant demanded entry onto the bus. Osborne shut the door to her and her son and then called dispatch.

Next, Grant proceeded to the front of the bus and stood with outstretched arms.

“As I told her police were on the way, she (Grant) walked to the front of the bus … pulled her pants down — and her panties — and bent over and told me to kiss her behind,” Osborne said.

“But she didn’t use ‘behind.’ I had 52 students on the bus. … She stood there for three or four minutes with her pants down.”

A few moments later, Osborne testified, Grant “pulled up her shirt and her bra” and made another obscene demand.

“After she did that, she started threatening me. She said, ‘I know you live over here, I’m going to get you.’”

While all this was going on, according to his testimony, her 14-year-old son stood off to the side holding his 4-year-old sister’s hand.

The video shows students jostling to see Grant, many holding up cellphone cameras. Grant’s behavior is out of frame in the video.

Osborne can be heard telling dispatch, “She’s going to call the School Board on me,” and at one point, becoming increasingly angry herself, she tells Grant to “come over to my house afterwards.”

Grant denied mooning and showing her breast. Steven M. Oser, her attorney, arguing indecent exposure requires lascivious intent. “I maintain that it wouldn’t have been obscene at all.”

Judge Bates said that if her son’s treatment concerned her, Grant should have complained through official channels. “The way she handled it, I think, is wrong,” he said.

Kevin Alston, school district assistant superintendent, testified on his conversations with Grant.

“Grant admitted pointing her middle finger at the bus driver and cursing her,” Alston said, adding he thought Grant’s speech was slurred and that she “repeated things over and over again.”

“Later she said she wouldn’t have mooned her if the bus driver hadn’t threatened her.”

Calling for incarceration, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Susan H. Walton asked the judge to consider Grant’s criminal record, which includes public swearing, property damage, assault and cannabis possession.

Grant, who said she works in a bar, will be allowed to serve her single month of jail time as weekend detention.

Throughout the non-jury trial, Oser mainly argued the evidence against Grant was hearsay.

He said he would “probably” recommend against Grant appealing.

“I respect the court not finding her guilty on the indecent exposure, because truly under the law she wasn’t guilty,” he said.

“As far as the disorderly charge, I think her (Grant’s) behavior was very reprehensible, but unfortunately the bus driver’s was even worse.

“I think the judge did a good job, I really do. (But) the problem with disorderly conduct, it’s a vague statute. It’s designed for people who are drunk in public.”

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  • thekytikat

    LOL. On FB, she keeps insisting that she didn’t moon the bus. But the Pilot article says otherwise:

    “Oser [Grant's lawyer] said his client denies exposing her breast and only bared her underwear when mooning the bus.”

    http://hamptonroads.com/2013/05/mom-34-convicted-mooning-suffolk-school-bus

    So her lawyer has gone from saying she didn’t do it, to saying, well, was only her drawers she showed, so, it doesn’t count as a full moon. LOL

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  • kweaver

    This is a real parent with a real comment. Mrs. Jordan (Obsourne) is a wonderful bus driver. She takes my two children to school everday, and I feel completely comfortable with that. She has never shown anything but kindness to my children. It is true that she doesn’t take any mess from the kids. In my opinion that is refreshing. It sounds like the kid needed to be put in the front of the bus for protection of all the other kids. The mother is a total nut job and should not be allowed to appeal in court!!

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    • mab1960

      kweaver,

      Thank you!!! When I was a wee lad going to school 50+ years ago, my parents taught me to respect and obey the bus driver(s). Since I lived in a small, one horse town it was impossible to keep any attempted transgressions secret from my parents. This was also the era that actions held real consequences, my Mothers favorite discipline tool was a 30 inch long redwood stick used to keep her tomatoes upright. Any lying, backtalk, or other unacceptable behavior was quickly delt with…the double crack of the leading/trailing edges of the switch as it broke the sound barrier dispelled any further attempts of any anti-social or potentially criminal behavior. My Mother raised three Sons and she loved us with all her heart…she raised us right. Mom wanted us to be good citizens, not a bunch of useless turd dumplings.

      I listened to Moon Mom’s interview on FM99 yesterday and I looked at her facebook account. The Virginia Pilot also ran an online story on “Ms. Mooney” this morning, from the amount of comments she has done herself proud…Bless her little heart.

      I’m with you about her behavior, but I believe that everyone has the right to appeal in court…even to the point when they make a complete donkey of themselves. When everything is all said and done, I hope the judge considers making her pay all the court costs plus both lawyers fees…Bless her little heart.

      It sounds like Mrs. Jordon is a great person and I am grateful that we have high caliber/character people driving for the school system…and that she has great restraint.

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  • mcdb

    Anyone else hear her on fm99 this morning? The hosts were gracious. .. and she sounded completely drunk. Once the interview was over they even commented that she had a distinct accent of a “buddy weiser “

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  • mcdb

    https://www.facebook.com/lisa.g.mcmillion is her facebook page. Now she’s saying the bus driver is a racist liar. Rarely, ok never, have I felt the way to win an argument with another adult would be by stripping in public. Apparently, it works for her.

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  • mab1960

    Kevin Alston, school district assistant superintendent, testified on his conversations with Grant.

    “Grant admitted pointing her middle finger at the bus driver and cursing her,” Alston said, adding he thought Grant’s speech was slurred and that she “repeated things over and over again.” [ OK...was she stoned or drunk? Being a recovering drunk/addict (24 years sober), slurred speech and repeating oneself is a dead give away...but this is only a guess without a drug or alcohol test].

    “Later she said she wouldn’t have mooned her if the bus driver hadn’t threatened her.” [What was the threat...get away from the bus or I will call the Police?]

    I see from one of the other posters that this “mother” is gloating on facebook about her experiences. This is really sad…I feel sorry for the kids having to live up to “mommy’s” legacy/example at school. What a real class act.

    Just a few thoughts.

    respectfully,

    mab

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  • sexyahan

    So she’s gloating on Facebook about a Interview with 13 News.

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  • am

    No one thought to see if kids on the bus would voluntarily turn over their camera footage of the incident? The bus camera caught them filming the indicent, but because it isn’t dash cam, it wouldn’t film the incident outside of the bus. However, the kids have it – anyone check You Tube?

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  • sexyahan

    That’s America for you, well rather Suffolk. You can’t relieve yourself in public but you can expose yourself to kids and get a also in the wrist. Oh let me guess mom thought the bus was empty or better yet she thought that the kids wouldn’t pulled out their camera phones, maybe they would just do as “some blind kid” would do and not see it. This is crazy how all she gets is some weekend jail time. Hmm….. She works in a bar???? Wonder what type of bar showing herself to the Public???

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  • colleeng72

    What a whole load of crazy. The mom should be ashamed of herself……who conducts themself like that???? Seriously. She is very lucky that she gets to serve her term on weekends. I think she got off lightly.

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    • sexyahan

      she has a Facebook, check her out. You will get the idea. Some people just don’t need kids, and her 4yr old was present.

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      • suffolklady

        It’s funny how these people always have Facebooks open to the public.

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  • woodnymph558

    And what behavior did the bus driver have???… His job is to protect the students on the bus.. He was right in NOT opening the door to this person!!..
    And we wonder why the school system is going to hell in a hand basket…
    And I would like to know why it TOOK so long to bring this case trial!

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  • KNRMCO

    AM—you took the words right out of my mouth! What a role model!

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  • am

    And people wonder where some of these kids get their poor behavior?

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    • suffolklady

      You are so right. Many times, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. This is just further proof that it doesn’t take intelligence to become a parent.

      If this is not indecent exposure, what exactly does indecent exposure involve?? All of these kids were minors. Lawyers….

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      • sexyahan

        We’re wrong it wasn’t indecent exposure, she was kicking a** with HER A**. Remember she mooned because she was threatened Lol!!!

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