Sarasota County

Children witness bloody fight at a North Port bus stop

NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) - A bloody fight broke out at a children's bus stop Tuesday morning in North Port. But it wasn't between students, it was between adults!

Locals say on any given day, there are about 30 kids and adults at a bus stop at the corner of Aero Avenue and Eager street. It may get rowdy, but never like this.

Just after 7:45 Tuesday morning, the bus stop became a crime scene.

"I just heard a bunch of women arguing and screaming and I didn't know what was going on,” said a woman who did not wish to be identified.

Police tell us two women were waiting with children when they got into an argument. During the scuffle, a coffee mug broke, and the women turned the pieces into weapons.

"She had her face torn up,” described the witness.

"One of them had some lacerations to the side of her neck area, the other woman had some defensive wounds on her arms,” described North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor.

Some of the children were so traumatized, they visited counselors at school.

"I think its sad that they witnessed their parents or other parents doing this to each other,” said the witness.

Police are conducting interviews and it is expected that charges will be filed. Some locals feel officers should watch over the stop, since there's such a large group there in the mornings.

"Other parents try to bring their kids, they have to sit in the car with them because they don't feel safe,” said the witness. ““Move the bus stop. Have maybe a officer sitting here watching the parents because there’s no control over them.” 

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Victims Assistance Unit is available for any families looking for support. They can be reached at 941-861-4923.

If anyone feels their child may need to make a statement after witnessing this incident, you can contact Detective Adam Taylor at 941-429-1586. 

If charges are filed in this case, we'll certainly keep you updated.


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