Parent brings gun on St. Louis school bus, encourages daughter to fight

Broke door window to force his way on board

Brian Kelly
February 13, 2020 - 12:43 pm
Side view of a school bus and its the stop signal.

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BERKELEY, MO (KMOX) - The parent of a sixth-grade girl is accused of forcing his way onto her school bus with a gun and encouraging her to fight. It happened early Wednesday morning in the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

District Spokesman Kevin Hampton tells KMOX a fight was taking place as the Johnson-Wabash Sixth Grade Center bus approached the stop at Fay and Canyon in Berkeley. He says when it pulled up, the students came on board and the parent and other adults tried to follow. The new bus driver, an experienced driver, and the monitor tried to stop them. "The one adult broke the window of the door of the bus and gained entry. That adult had a gun and threatened the driver, threatened the students on board."

Hampton says that man, identified as 31-year-old Christian Goodson, was on the bus for about 37 seconds. "(He) encouraged the students who had been fighting at the bus stop to continue fighting. Then left the bus."

Hampton says while that was happening, the monitor took the other six students on the bus to the back, away from the incident.

Goodson was arrested later. He is charged with seven counts of endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, second-degree property damage, and fourth-degree assault. He's held on a $100,000 cash-only bond. 

Hampton says the personnel on the bus, handled the incident properly. "They did great. Nobody wants to experience anything like that at work."

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