Five arrested in school bus brawl

Cumberland County Investigators say bus 288 was enroute from Mae Rudd School when a fight broke out between 16-year-old Taquaysha Miles and a 15-year-old classmate. The teens had been involved in an argument earlier in the week and it had spilled on to the school bus Friday.

Deputies say Miles texted her mother, 44-year-old Sharon Gillian and her sister, 19-year-old Arterla Gilliam to alert them of the argument.

When the bus stopped near the 15-year-old student's home, both mother and sister were waiting for her and walked on to the school bus, despite the driver's warning not to do so.

Arterla Gilliam allegedly had a knife in her possession and attempted to assault the student with it, but was unsuccessful.

In the meantime, the 15-year-old student's mother, 36-year old Sunie Dean, was in enroute to the bus stop and became involved in her daughter's dispute.

All of the suspects fled the scene as Fayetteville Police responded to a call for help. They later were apprehended by police and members of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Miles and Sharon Gillian have been charged with assault and trespassing on a school bus. Artilla Gilliam has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon on a school bus.

Dean and the 15-year-old student have been charged with resist delay and obstruct. All are currently being processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

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