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Beaufort County mother charged in school bus incident

The driver reported that, during the altercation, 21-year-old Karly Rae Gurganus, of Washington, tracked the bus down, got out of her vehicle, aggressively approached the bus driver's window and threatened her with bodily harm while using profanity. (Nicole Griffin, NewsChannel 12 FILE photo)

A mother is facing charges after her child was dropped off from her school bus "about half a mile" from her home.

On Oct. 24 at about 4:00 p.m., Beaufort County Deputies responded to a call about a verbal altercation between a parent and a Beaufort County School Bus Driver on Biggs Road, in Pinetown. When deputies arrived on scene, they said they learned the bus driver had been confronted by an angry parent claiming her child had been dropped off at the wrong location.

The driver reported that, during the altercation, 21-year-old Karly Rae Gurganus, of Washington, tracked the bus down, got out of her vehicle, aggressively approached the bus driver's window and threatened her with bodily harm while using profanity. This incident happening in front of the children still on the bus.

The bus driver that dropped the child off was a substitute for that day. According to authorities, the child was dropped off about 100 feet past the driveway. The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said the child was dropped off at a house she has been left at previously. The bus waited until the child reached the driveway before leaving.

NewsChannel 12 contacted Gurganus for comment. Through a Facebook message, Gurganus issued the following statement:

My 5 year old daughter got picked up that morning by a sub bus driver, that afternoon she was let off about half a mile from our house on a busy road. The bus driver let her off, she walked back & forth infront of the bus then to the side of the road walking towards our house, i didn't see her but I didn't see her I walked out a little ways in my yard and here she comes crying and scared so yes I did flip out, the bus driver stayed in the road for about 10 mins, she waited on me to walk up to the bus I asked her what was wrong with her and had to go home to get my son I got in my car and went back and I did flip out on her. I did not threaten her like everyone is saying I said is should do something I didn't say I was going to. She could of got kidnapped or hit by a car I think I have every right to be mad. This woman pressed charged on me, she didn't get in any trouble & I am banned on the school campus that my child attends to! And this is not the first time that it has happened with Bath elementary, the last case was with an 11 year old. (sic)"

Upon reviewing camera footage on the bus, Gurganus was charged by a Beaufort County School Resource Officer the following day.

Gurganus faces one count of disorderly conduct on a school bus. The unidentified victim in the case also charged Gurganus with one count of communicating threats.

Gurganus was arrested on Monday and her secured bond was set at $3,000. Gurganus has also been banned from entering the property at Bath Elementary School for the remainder of the school year.

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